Say “NO” to our local property taxes and sales taxes going to fund construction of a state toll road while our county roads suffer!
Grassroots America says, “Enough is enough!”
Smith County taxpayers (those living in the cities are included) have already paid almost $4 million to the state for Toll Loop 49:
• $1.475 million local property taxes for right-of-way purchases
• $2.519 million for Toll Loop 49 construction
That’s right! $3.994 million in your local property taxes were sent to the state to help fund state highway project Loop 49, which opened as a two-lane toll road. Our county roads, bridges, and drainage systems have never recovered. Now the Dept. of Transportation is back recommending the Commissioners Court send them more! They want our local property taxes to leverage more debt for the state to complete this highway!
On June 22, 2013, an Austin-based attorney/lobbyist and TxDOT officials testified before the Smith County Commissioners Court that money captured by a transportation reinvestment zone (TRZ) could be used for infrastructure projects ranging from Toll 49 to parking garages, passenger and freight rail, intermodal hubs for transit systems, airports, and even pedestrian and bicycle paths.
The State of Texas now leads the nation in road debt. Our property taxes shouldn’t be on the hook for a state highway project – especially when the state budget continues to fund Hollywood subsidies, corporate welfare, and Formula One racetracks!
Sign the petition to tell the County Judge and Commissioners that it’s time to make our county roads, bridges and drainage systems the TOP priority! Tell them NO local property and sales taxes for Toll Loop 49!