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Old 07-22-2009, 04:18 AM
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took the verrazanno bridge the other day and for 11 bucks it got me thinking....

since all the bridges and tunnels are long paid for and the toll money goes into the tax funds to support mass transit and other city expenses i was wondering why no one has challenged the legality of taxing ( after all thats what it is) unfairly citizens just because they choose to commute from one part of the city to another, while other citizens who go to other areas of the city are not taxed....

seems to me if you want to raise general tax money for stuff tax everyone ,not just the select few because you go to a different part of the city..... ...

how much more are drivers in new york going to be charged because they drive .... the city has this convoluted idea that just because you own a car your richer then everyone else and have to support taxes that people who dont own a car do not.... if the money went to improve the roads then im all for it but its not, its just general tax money..

there, im done!

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Old 07-22-2009, 08:29 AM
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Currently there is no toll on the 59th Street Bridge between Manhattan & Queens. Every time the politicians suggest adding toll there, it is rejected exactly for the reasons you mention (as an unfair tax on only a certain section of citizens).
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Old 07-22-2009, 11:13 AM
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It is aggravating that it's a tax on those who are perceived as more affluent, owning a vehicle, but fuel taxes, registration fees, and tolls for road maintenance are part of the package. I agree, that tolls to subsidize mass transit is an additional tax imposed on residents and visitors alike, though some crossings have a discount for EZPass.

And, the argument that you can just take mass transit is not always the case, since there are parts of the city where one needs to drive to get to another area in a reasonable amount of time, not three hours on several trains, and/or buses, and/or walking.
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Old 07-22-2009, 02:59 PM
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NYC is the worst possible rip-off in the country.
Sometimes I am not sure I understand correctly these policies and frankly need an extra explanation.
Don't look for fairness in taxes. They milk you wherever and whenever possible. As other poster remarked, they wanted to tax the 59th street bridge and in my opinion is only a matter of time. The mayor also had a marvelous idea - congestion tax. In addition to tolls, he wanted to charge $8 from every vehicle entering the city. (I would be very interested to meet the people who think of these plans. Just once, I am so curious to find how such ideas are born )
The above is on top of the ultra aggressive policy of ticketing cars (parking) and drivers. Yeah, yeah...

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