Letters to the Editor

Narrows bridge: Toll relief comes at a price

Re: “Why I stood alone against bridge toll plan,” (TNT local viewpoint, 4/2).

Rep. Christine Kilduff thinks the original deal to repay Narrows Bridge debt was bad. In her plan, the state comes up with lots of cash ($125 million every year) and freezes the tolls.

But that money has to come from not funding another need, or by raising a tax on someone else, somewhere else.

Tolls are a real issue and some relief is likely needed. But when you end up effectively pushing them onto folks who don’t even cross the bridge, that’s a raw deal.

It is possible that a principled stand is what’s isolating Kilduff from other South Sound legislators on this issue.

There is also the possibility she is just wrong.