If the new tolls are put in place on the Sakonett River Bridge, it will be a burden on every household in Newport County.
I know there is a feeling in Newport that "Hey, we gotta pay to cross the Newport Bridge." I can't argue that, but truckers don't have to, produce trucks don't have to, school busses don't have to. They use the Sakonett Bridge for free, they put a toll on that, well, it will cost $8 dollars for folks to come and go, that's eight bucks that will not be spent in local businesess, and it wil stop alot of daytrippers and families.
Any school team leaving the island will NOW have to pay a toll, guess were that money is going to come from? Property TAXES. So Newport County is going to lose money from tourist dollars not coming in, which in turn leads to job losses and your taxs go up, do you really want this to happen?
I don't know why Paiva-Weed let this go when she cold have stopped it cold, but it's an unfair burden attempting to raise money for the rest of the state on the back of Newport county taxpayers. Join The fight, Sign the petition.