The Norwalk Republican Town Committee distributed the following statement Friday.
The Norwalk Republican Town Committee on Friday, March 22, 2019 submitted a resolution to the Governor of Connecticut and the Connecticut State Legislature declaring its opposition to the implementation of tolls on state highways in Connecticut.
The Norwalk Republican Town Committee believes that the implementation of tolls on Connecticut highways would represent a financial hardship for residents as well as result in increased traffic on the secondary roads in the City of Norwalk with motorists attempting to bypass the tolls.
The Norwalk Republican Town Committee believes that tolls would represent another tax on already heavily burdened residents, including:
- Norwalk small business owners who travel to other towns to service their customers or conduct business-related travels;
- Norwalk residents who commute to other towns or neighboring states where rail service is not available or convenient;
- Norwalk residents who visit family members or friends who reside outside of Fairfield County, many for financial reasons;
- Residents of other towns who commute daily to Norwalk for work, most earning less than our median income as teachers, nurses, first responders, etc.;
- All residents who will see an increase in their cost of living as tolls are passed on to consumers. Particularly concerning will be the increase in the price of food and commodities which will disproportionally impact our most vulnerable residents;
- Small business owners who are less able to absorb the increased cost of doing business and will become less competitive.
Also, the Norwalk Republican Town Committee believes the increased traffic on secondary roads would adversely affect the quality of life of Norwalk’s residents in numerous ways including:
- A dramatic increase of heavy-duty commercial vehicles and tractor trailers disrupting on our scenic New England community, which would negatively impact the City’s character and atmosphere;
- A dramatic increase in traffic by heavy-duty commercial vehicles and tractor trailers subjecting our roads to increased damage and higher maintenance and repair costs resulting in an increased tax burden for Norwalk’s residents;
- Greater traffic on secondary roads, an increase in traffic accidents, and disruption of the pedestrian’s enjoyment in and around the affected roads;
- The traffic congestion from increased vehicles and accidents would delay the response time for emergency personnel causing significant safety concerns and compromising current safety standards;
- Discouraging retail businesses and shopping by placing our valued local businesses at a competitive disadvantage and increasing cost and inconvenience to Norwalk’s residents.