Berlin Republicans want council vote on anti-toll resolution

Berlin Republicans want council vote on anti-toll resolution

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BERLIN — The Town Council is expected to discuss a resolution opposing tolls at a meeting later this month.

The council’s four Republicans voted on April 2 to have Town Manager Jack Healy draft the resolution. The three Democratic council members opposed adding the resolution to an upcoming meeting agenda, saying it was premature because the state legislature hasn’t presented a plan for tolls. 

Mayor Mark Kaczynski said a number of residents asked him if the council would consider a resolution opposing tolls. On March 23, residents held a protest against tolls on Farmington Avenue.

Kaczynski feels tolls on Interstate 91 could push more traffic onto the Berlin Turnpike.

Democratic Councilor JoAnn Angelico-Stetson expressed concern that gas tax revenues will fall as vehicles become more fuel efficient, depriving the state of income needed to repair infrastructure in need of maintenance.

“We’ve got some really compromised roads and bridges and to me this is a great way to try to get revenue to fix all of that,” she said.

Democrat-led Councils in Meriden and Southington recently voted to block an actual vote on similar resolutions, pointing out the lack of details on tolling. The Republican-led council in Wolcott, meanwhile, recently approved a resolution against tolls.
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