MCRP 242 Flyover Toll Resolution

WHEREAS,

The Republican Party of Texas Platform states that, “We believe that tolls should come off the road when the debt is retired” (Plank 211),

WHEREAS,

Tolling a highway after the road has been paid for constitutes double taxation, since the citizens were taxed first to build it, and then taxed again in the form of a toll,

WHEREAS,

The bond debt from the construction of the 242 flyover toll road has been entirely defeased by Pass-Through Toll Revenue from the state, largely due to the efforts of County Commissioner James Noack,

WHEREAS,

Since the 242 flyover has been paid off, it is unfair to require the taxpayers to continue paying for it,

WHEREAS,

County Commissioner Jim Clark has called for Commissioners Court to remove the tolls on the 242 flyover, which cost the taxpayers over one million dollars a year,

WHEREAS,

Opposing the toll roads will bring more people into the Republican party, due to the deep unpopularity of tolls with the majority of Texans,

WHEREAS,

Tolls are an important issue, which are not only opposed by the RPT platform, but were also a big enough issue to be placed on the 2018 primary ballot by the SREC,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE REPUBLICAN EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF MONTGOMERY COUNTY, TEXAS:

That we call upon the Montgomery County Commissioners Court to remove the tolls on the 242 flyover and end the double taxation of Montgomery County citizens.

We, as precinct chairs and members of the Montgomery County Republican Executive Committee, formally call for a meeting of the CEC under MCRP Bylaws, Article V, Sec. 3, to consider the resolution attached calling for the removal of the tolls on the 242 flyover.

The meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 20, at 7:30 PM, in the commissioners courtroom, on the fourth floor of the Alan B. Sadler building. If that location is not available, the meeting will be held at the MCRP Headquarters.

Toll roads are an issue of vital concern to the citizens of Montgomery County and around Texas. Far too often, we hear that once the toll road is paid for, the tolls will be removed. Our party platform specifically calls for tolls to be removed once the road is paid for. We now have a chance to hold our Republican officials accountable.

The bond debt has been entirely defeased on the 242 flyover. As a result, at least one commissioner is calling for the tolls to be removed. This is a hot button issue right now, and it is absolutely critical for MCRP to strike now while the iron is hot and weigh in on this issue as soon as possible.

The Republican Party needs to send a strong message that we stand with the taxpayers. No more toll roads in Montgomery County!

Attached are the signatures of at least 25% of the precinct chairs, the requirement to call a CEC meeting under MCRP Bylaws Article V, Sec. 3.