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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Facebook Buzz: Majority respond that they want Merrimack tolls on the F.E. Everett Turnpike removed

Senate President Peter Bragdon, R-Milford, told a Senate committee Tuesday that it’s time to remove the three ramp tolls along the F.E. Everett Turnpike in Merrimack.

We asked our Facebook fans if they agreed with Bragdon’s response and got a resounding, “yes.” ...

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Senate President Peter Bragdon, R-Milford, told a Senate committee Tuesday that it’s time to remove the three ramp tolls along the F.E. Everett Turnpike in Merrimack.

We asked our Facebook fans if they agreed with Bragdon’s response and got a resounding, “yes.”

“Hearing my Dad who is 80, we lived in Merrimack almost all our lives the toll booths were only suppose to be there for a short time,” wrote Shelly McLaughlin.

Richard C. Barnes also commented on the longevity of the tolls, stating that they don’t serve their purpose.

“When the majority of the money collected goes to the method of collection, that’s a sign it’s a bad form of taxation,” Barnes wrote. “The rest of the state gets very little if any benefit from the tolls.

“As James points out they were put there when the exits were built to pay off those exits. Well its been 30 years and the tolls still haven’t raised enough money to pay back the reason they were put in. Isn’t that a sign that tolls are examples of government waste?”

Some had their own suggestions.

“Take them all down except exit 10, tons of $$$ from the Outlet and Fidelity,” Tony Schilling wrote.

Candy Mericantante Simeone suggested they be free for residents by using a sticker and Jibreel K. Riley thought the tolls should be put on Interstate 93.

Out of more than 26 yeses, one commenter fully disagreed. Tony DiPietro expressed concern that removing the tolls would pass the buck.

“If it ain’t broke don’t fix it,” DiPietro said. “Smart idea telegraph, have the state lose another source of income to pay for the roads. Does that mean you want higher taxes???? Come on use your head.”

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– Telegraph Staff