The tolls were set to expire anyway.Stop crying and pay the freaking toll already. People don't want to pay for the toll, but they want the government to pay for nice bridges, roads, lights, etc. The government is not a bottomless pit of money. Where the heck do you think this money comes from?
There is also a question as to whether the Department of Transportation and Development is legally obligated to pay for the lights as part of the original agreement when the YLC donated the lights to the state in 1989.
Where to begin? We had 20 years to plan for the expiration of the tolls. It takes roughly 60k dollars per year to keep the bridge lit. The tolls were generating 20 million per year. When the tolls stopped, there was enough money in the bank to pay for over 500 years of lights yet they were turned off a week after the tolls stopped. There are legal and economic mechanisms in place to pay for the bridge, its upkeep, repair, and policing, all without tolls. Not one of the promised projects from the tolls can be pointed out as completed.Stop crying and pay the freaking toll already. People don't want to pay for the toll, but they want the government to pay for nice bridges, roads, lights, etc. The government is not a bottomless pit of money. Where the heck do you think this money comes from?
It costs 60k a year for the light bill and the light maintenance. The tolls brought in over 22 million a year. If that money were divided sensibly and used exclusively for east and westbank road construction projects, I don't think anybody would complain about continuing the tolls. However, the fact that most of that money is absconded with each year makes people no longer interested in supporting it. Frankly, I cannot say I blame them. The fact that you would rather denigrate your fellow citizens for standing up for themselves rather than demand accountable government in its use of your money says a lot about you.Stop crying and pay the freaking toll already. People don't want to pay for the toll, but they want the government to pay for nice bridges, roads, lights, etc. The government is not a bottomless pit of money. Where the heck do you think this money comes from?
That's what we're tax to death for......
It is hard for me to talk about the bridge tolls without wanting to punch a lot of people in the throat.
The purpose of the tolls was to finance the construction of the bridge. That has been done. Tolls were then renewed with the promise of improving Westbank Expressway on- and off-ramps. That was never done, instead, the CCC division of the DoTD used it to pay a bloated staff and subsidize the ferries which operated at a loss. After 20 years of inaction, some politicians wanted to end the tolls once and for all, others wanted to continue the status quo with a vague promise of doing better next time. They then proceeded to lie to the voters by giving the impression that the bridge would vanish into a realm where no light could penetrate, fall into the river, the ferries would all sink, and any time someone tried to drive in the New Orleans metropolitan area, all they could do was sit in their driveways because the tolls magically kept all roads open and driveable in southeast Louisiana.
Hence my desire to get all throat-punchy.
The lights look nice, but the DoTD's insistence it cannot afford them without tolls is nothing short of a lie. And my urge to start punching throats rises...
Best solution ever. All roads leading out of Kenner should have tolls placed on them. I like the way you think.
No worries. I have him a green for both of us.I'm out of thumbs, but all of this is very true.
Oh no doubt on the cost and the cluster. I would love to see us replace the bridge lights with LEDs. In fact, I would happily donate to it if the Young Leadership Council decided to raise the money for it like they had to to install the original lights in the first place.No worries. I have him a green for both of us.
While it could cost $60k to keep the bridge lit, it could also cost much less depending on: what type of lights your using, what times the bridge is lit at, putting lights in every socket or scattering them, etc., and etc.
This is just another political cluster ****. Sometimes politics work...in todays America they don't.
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