Tuesday, January 24, 2006
Open Letter to Greg Abbott Re: Toll Roads
Dear Mr. Abbott:
As you know, Article 4 Section 22 of the Texas Constitution requires the Attorney General to "take such action as may be proper and necessary to prevent any private corporation from... demanding or collecting any species of taxes, tolls, freight or wharfage not authorized by law."
Many Texas citizens are concerned about the anticipated usage of public authority to enable private corporations to collect toll fees for huge toll-road projects that are being planned and forecast by the Texas Department of Transportation, such as the "Trans Texas Corridor," and tolling projects in northern Bexar County involving Highway 281, Loop 1604, Interstate 10 and/or Interstate 35. These concerned citizens might receive some measure of comfort if they knew that the Attorney General is in the process of investigating or plans to fully investigate whether such plans comply with all applicable laws.
In the case of Highway 281 in northern Bexar County, there is a specific and serious concern as to whether all legal requirements would be met for the conversion of existing freeways to toll highways.
Have you fulfilled your Constitutional duty to investigate these planned TX-DOT projects to determine whether the planned or anticipated toll operations will be in compliance with all applicable laws, and if so, what are the results of your investigations? If you have not done so, do you intend to conduct investigations, and will you share the results with the public?
As required of you by the Texas Constitution, I call upon you to take all necessary and proper actions to safeguard the people from the potential dangers to the public well-being posed by private toll collectors.
David Van Os
posted by snarko! at 4:15 PM
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