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Cecil County officials want to do away with the tolls on the John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway and at the Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge, the oldest toll facility in Maryland. Full Story
Jersey Guy

Sanford, NC

#1 Aug 13, 2007
Residents of Anne Arundel, Harford and Cecil County can expect higher taxes very shortly for all these infrastructure improvements which will be required.

The only people benefitting from this will be the gredy developers who are only concerned with lining their pockets at te expense of the taxpayer.

The real question should be what is the impact on our fighting men and women?
Decrease the Increases

Havre De Grace, MD

#2 Aug 13, 2007
I am SHOCKED that The Sun is against restructuring the tolls to save local folks money and encourage economic growth. This is the first case I can remember where The Sun has sided with "Big Gubmint" interests over the common people.

(Sarcasm detector is exploding.)
brac transplant

Parkton, MD

#3 Aug 13, 2007
they better hurry' or they will find the toll bridge in the water too. it's said concrete is falling from it also.
John Cole

Manchester, MD

#4 Aug 13, 2007
This editorial is more than a little mis-leading in content. It’s another manifestation of the Sun’s unwillingness to report on Cecil County news and events, except in a negative manner.

The harsh reality is that the tolls over the Susquehanna have created an economic barrier to Cecil County’s development since the “oldest toll facility in Maryland” over the Hatem Memorial Bridge was created. The original toll had the effect of making Cecil County and the Eastern shore the bastard children of Maryland. In the mid 80’s I was looking for property in Maryland, adjacent to Interstate 95 for my manufacturing business. Cecil County was favorably considered, but the necessity of paying tolls on all our imported goods from Baltimore and Wilmington forced us to reconsider, and I located the site in Harford County, and had all imports directed through Baltimore, so that I had no tolls to pay.

It is a certainty that I was not alone in my decision, for example, the Mercedes Benz plant at Riverside made exactly the same decision.

Cecil County is not looking for a “reversal of fortune”– it is seeking status as a county in Maryland on equal terms with other counties in Maryland.

The claimed shortage of water and sewer treatment facilities is something of a red herring in this argument. The state, and particularly Harford County, would benefit dramatically if funds were set aside to provide these services. Harford County already suffers gridlock on many roads, and it would be wise to deter more people from settling in the area. Current estimates for road building in Harford County stretch out to the year 2020, with the first major improvement being scheduled to be finished in 2016. By this time, BRAC will have been a reality for several years, and the already unreasonable travel times between towns will create an economic downturn caused by excessive costs in road maintenance and development.

Respectfully
John Cole

I keep hearing people talk about the benefits of BRAC. There is no benefit whatsoever if the I95 and Route 40 corridors are not improved before the event, and that includes moving the tolls to the Delaware line.

blinddog

Sterling, VA

#5 Aug 14, 2007
THANK YOU, Mr. COLE!!! Finally someone from Baltimore understands the bastard child status of Cecil County in Maryland. Look at the Perryville outlets, versus the Queenstown outlets owned by the same company: Perryville is dead/dying, because no one will pay $5 in tolls to shop there. Cecil residents have to pay tolls to drive on I95 to the only jobs available in the area and have no mass transit options: Cecil is the ONLY gap in commuter rail service in the entire Northeast corridor. Cecil County has been BEGGING for years to get MARC service re-instated from Perryville to Elkton, linking into SEPTA service to Wilmington/Phila. We have rail lines and a train station in Elkton but Maryland state government won't re-open service on these lines. Cecil County would be a positive option for BRAC business development, IF we had mass transit options and did not have the onerous toll at Perryville! Of course, The Sun, which does not cover Cecil County on any regular basis, does not understand such things!
jerseyguy

Park Ridge, NJ

#6 Aug 19, 2007
Mr Cole
Interesting that you make the point that the road improvements in Harford County extend to 2020 with the first major improvement by 2016. thats years after the BRAC is scheduled to be final. I had a feeling that the timetable wasnt to realistic but who knows maybe they can stagger work hours to make up for the congestion that undoubtedly be the result of the BRAC
jerseyguy

Park Ridge, NJ

#7 Aug 19, 2007
Jersey Guy wrote:
Residents of Anne Arundel, Harford and Cecil County can expect higher taxes very shortly for all these infrastructure improvements which will be required.
The only people benefitting from this will be the gredy developers who are only concerned with lining their pockets at te expense of the taxpayer.
The real question should be what is the impact on our fighting men and women?
You left out that their open space will be disappearing at a faster clip then ever :)

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