I have been astonished at the silence from local Republican leaders about Pat Quinn’s 88% Toll Tax Hike.
Yesterday I got an email from the McHenry County Board.
Right at the top is a letter from McHenry County Board Chairman Ken Koehler about the “toll increase.”
Read it as tell me what you see.
Dear McHenry County Resident:
This week, the Illinois Tollway Authority approved a toll increase to offset the cost of a $12 billion capital plan. The rate increase is scheduled to be in effect January 1, 2012 and will bump the fee I-Pass users pay at mainline tolls from $0.40 to $0.75.
While a toll increase is never desirable, it will fund a capital plan that will have a positive impact on McHenry County (the most populous County in the United States without an exit directly onto an interstate).
The capital plan will fund construction projects that will put many hard working Illinois citizens back to work.
One of these projects funded by the capital plan is the construction of a full interchange at I-90/Rt. 47 in Huntley. The construction of east/west on and off ramps will spur economic development in McHenry County by allowing increased accessibility to all we have to offer!
Kenneth D. Koehler, County Board Chairman
Well, what do you think?