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Richard Cruz
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Username: Cruz280

Post Number: 2
Registered: 06-2006
Posted on Friday, May 18, 2007 - 05:20 pm:   

I have read in many sources that the portion of 121's main road from the DNT to Hillcrest was funded from our gas taxes already when 121 was converted to a toll road. Can you confirm for me this is true? If it is true, wouldn't forcing people to pay per use for that stretch of road be double taxation? How could the leaders of Frisco allow us to be double taxed for what will surely be the busiest part of the road through Frisco? How do I find out which of our elected city officials supported allowing 121 to be tolled so that I can be sure not to vote for them again when their terms expire?

Curt Balogh, Spec. Asst. to the City Mgr
Board Administrator
Username: Admin

Post Number: 397
Registered: 02-2003
Posted on Monday, May 21, 2007 - 05:34 pm:   

Yes, to date all of SH 121 has been funded with motor fuels tax funds. Unfortunately, the state legislature gave the Texas Department of Transportation the ability to sell (lease) new state roadways to private companies.

While we prefer SH 121 to be a free road, the reality is that TxDOT will not allow such to occur. Realizing this, Frisco has been out front attempting to protect our citizens from high tolls.

The North Texas Tollway Authority provides the better alternative to keep tolls lower than a private company attempting to maximize profits at our citizens' expense.

I encourage you to contact your state representatives and let them know your displeasure at how the state roadways are being sold by TxDOT.

George Purefoy
City Manager

Texas State Senators

Senator Florence Shapiro
Senate District 8
CAP 3E.2
P.O. Box 12068
Austin, Texas 78711
(512) 463-0108
District Address: 5000 Legacy Dr., Suite. 494
Plano, TX 75024
(972) 403-3404

Senator Jane Nelson
Senate District 12
CAP 1E.3
P.O. Box 12068
Austin, Texas 78711
(512) 463-0112
District Address: 1235 S. Main St., Suite 280
Grapevine, TX 76051
(817) 424-3446

Senator Craig Estes
Senate District 30
CAP 3E.8
P.O. Box 12068
Austin, Texas 78711
(512) 463-0130
District Address: Bank One Tower,
4245 Kemp Blvd., Suite 306
Wichita Falls, TX 76308
(940) 689-0191

Texas State Representatives

Representative Mary Denny
House District 63
P.O. Box 2910
Austin, TX 78768
(512) 463-0688
District Address: 1001 Cross Timbers Road, #1245
Flower Mound, TX 75028
(972) 724-8477

Representative Myra Crownover
House District 64
Ext E2.508
P.O. Box 2910
Austin, TX 78768
(512) 463-0582
District Address: P.O. Box 535
Lake Dallas, TX 75065
(940) 321-0013

Representative Burt R. Solomons
House District 65
Ext E1.420
P.O. Box 2910
Austin, TX 78768
(512) 463-0478
District Address: 1029 Rosemeade Pkwy., #108
Carrollton, TX 75007
(972) 394-3904

Representative Ken Paxton
House District 70
Ext E2.712
P.O. Box 2910
Austin, TX 78768
(512) 463-0356
District Address: 201 West Virginia Pkwy.
McKinney, TX 75069
(972) 562-4543

Richard Cruz
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Username: Cruz280

Post Number: 3
Registered: 06-2006
Posted on Tuesday, May 22, 2007 - 12:36 pm:   

Although I appreciate your prompt response, sir, and I agree with you that our state representatives should bear the lion's share of the blame, I do not agree that our local mayor and city council members should walk away scott free.

They had the opportunity to at least tap the brakes on the tolling of 121 and refused to seize it. They put themselves on record with a resolution that passed 4 votes to 2 (the neys were Lafata and Maso) on September 16, 2005 (05-08-151R) in favor of converting 121 to a tollway. The state legislation that allowed CDAs (comprehensive development agreements) like the one accepted for the sale of 121 to Cintra was passed in September of 2003. Hindsight is 20/20, but I believe the city council at the time should have had an idea of what was coming and should have worked to protect our citizens from tolls period, not just high tolls.

At least one study has revealed that an indexing of the gas tax and a stop to diverting money from the mobility fund for other purposes, would be enough to pay for our roads into the foreseeable future. Tolls are not necessary to fund our roads as toll proponents have declared.

Can you please tell me where are our local leaders while the state legislature has been debating a two year moratorium on CDAs? Every version of the legislation that has been seriously considered includes an exemption for 121 from the moratorium. Why aren't our city leaders out front leading the charge to include 121 in the moratorium? Particularly since, as you say, "all of SH 121 has been funded with motor fuels tax funds". Viewed in that light, tolling 121 is even more of a crime and our city leaders should be doing everything in their power to stop it. Why aren't they?

Curt Balogh, Spec. Asst. to the City Mgr
Board Administrator
Username: Admin

Post Number: 398
Registered: 02-2003
Posted on Tuesday, May 22, 2007 - 02:23 pm:   

I'm not laying blame with anyone. However, this is a state issue with state authorization. Thus, your state representatives are the elected officials with the ability to change the direction SH 121 is headed.

Concerning Frisco's actions concerning SH 121, Frisco has been doing everything within reason to get other alternatives considered for SH 121.


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