I just received a post card in the mail from a candidate for the Cornelius Town Commission that said:
NO – to toll
YES – to more lanes
I am sure everyone wants a faster commute to and from Charlotte. A faster commute would help Cornelius become an even more valuable place to live, work, and play.
The controversy comes down to how do we pay for it. There seems to be no appetite for increasing taxes, and thank goodness our state does not run a deficit. So like it or not, there is not enough public money for the proposed new lanes on I-77 for 20 years or more.
We have to live within our means. Why do some people think the state and/or federal government is going to magically find money to pay for more lanes on I-77 between Huntersville and Cornelius? We don’t even have enough money to hire and train teachers for our kids, never mind the budget deficit.
The only way we can add more lanes to I-77 in the next 10 years without new taxes, is to use a privately funded, toll lane concept. … Period.
The existing lanes on I-77 will remain free to use, but if you want to travel faster, you can pay to enter the new lanes that will be privately built and managed.
Sounds like simple, common sense to me. We should support the candidates that have taken a deep dive on this issue and made a decision based on common sense, not political promises.