The representatives of Gov. Perry, the Williamson County Commissioners Court, the Travis County Commissioners Court, and the CTRMA board itself decided to raise toll on 183-A today. (Those elected officials above are who appointed the members of the CTRMA BoD). Ben Wear at the AAS has the story, Agency approves January toll hike, annual bumps starting in 2013.
The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority board today approved a 20-cent toll increase on the 183-A turnpike that will take effect Jan. 1. In addition, it approved a policy that likely will mean tolls on 183-A and any other future agency tollways will have annual inflationary increases.
In January, the toll at 183-A’s Park Street plaza will go from $1.35 to $1.55, meaning that what is now a 4.5-mile-long road will have a total toll of $2. In 2012, when a several-mile extension north of RM 2243 should open, the Park Street toll will decrease to $1.25 and a new toll point north of New Hope Road will begin charging 95 cents. The 11.7-mile road’s overall toll at that point will be $2.70.
Beginning with January 2013, tolls, absent action by the agency board, will increase by a percentage equal to the annual growth in the consumer price index for urban areas. Over the past five years, the cumulative increase in that index was 15.2 percent.
The difference between this and what’s being proposed at the statewide level is that those that would vote for that will be directly accountable to the people. These folks are not. It’s much easier to raise taxes, especially when it’s not needed, if your not accountable to the voters. 20 years is a long time not to have the gas tax raised a single cent, which is why these toll road toll taxes will continue to rise and rise and rise.