Transportation/Recreation

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Toll rate hikes?

Dec 19, 2017

Republican Executive Councilor Russell Prescott has proposed an increase in the state’s turnpike tolls to fund repairs and improvement to the state’s roads and bridges. If passed, it would be the first increase of turnpike tolls in ten years. Read more about this issue

Do you favor a proposed hike in New Hampshire turnpike tolls?

Discussion held on Citizens Count NH website and Facebook page November 27, 2017

292 citizens responded237 citizens opposed a toll hike18 citizens in favor of a toll hike37 citizens said other

What Participants Said

No: 237 people were opposed to a proposed hike in New Hampshire turnpike tolls.

  • “All a hike is going to do is hurt the working class people who are already trying their hardest to make ends meet.”
  • “No. The gas tax went up a few years ago to fund infrastructure improvements—that should suffice.”
  • “No. How about we get rid of the tolls altogether?”

Yes: 18 people were in favor of a proposed hike in New Hampshire turnpike tolls.

  •  “Yes.  Our roads and bridges are crumbling, it's time to invest in our infrastructure - which by the way helps bring tourists into our state.”
  • “Sure, since a very high percentage of week-end travel comes from out of staters.”
  • “Yes, tax users not the general public!”

Other: 37 people commented on related questions and issues instead. 
These included:  

  • Alternative proposals: “Make it for peak use times only.”
  • Other revenue sources: “Increase tobacco taxes.”
  • State spending: “Where has the money already collected from tolls and gas taxes gone? Certainly not into the roads.”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes.

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