The Ohio Turnpike Commission has opposition from the governor’s office
on a proposal to raise tolls.
Ohio Gov. Bob Taft, in a letter sent Monday, urged the commission to
find ways to keep tolls down while maintaining the turnpike. He had met Aug. 8
with turnpike officials to urge alternative funding options.
“As I indicated on Aug. 8, I oppose a toll increase and believe that
the OTC should determine an alternative plan in order to maintain the current
lower tolls,” Taft stated in the letter obtained by Land Line.
In 2005, the commission rolled back truck tolls from $42 to $31.
The proposed increase, which could take effect Jan. 1, would bump truck
tolls up to $33.50.
The turnpike commission had its first public hearing Monday in a series
of three meetings required for a rate adjustment to occur. The next meeting
will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 7 in Boardman, OH.
Executive Director Gary Suhadolnik told the Cleveland Plain Dealer the goal at that time was to get
trucks using the turnpike and off of secondary roads.
Costs have gone up since then, he said.
Taft urged the commission to provide a full report on operating costs,
capital expenditure and debt service.
“We need to again employ the proper analysis and devise an alternative
plan that will not require a permanent toll increase,” Taft stated in the
Taft’s term will end at the end of the year because of term limits.
For more information on the public meetings, visit http://ohioturnpike.org.