Danbury Chamber Opposes Border Tolls

Put a toll booth on I-84 in Danbury, and that will drive shoppers to other cities, Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce tells state legislature.

If roughly 45 percent of the people visiting the Danbury Fair Mall and Federal Road stores are from New York, those shoppers will go elsewhere if Connecticut puts a toll on I-84, said Stephen Bull, president of the Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce.

Bull said Connecticut has a reputation for making it hard to do business in state, and putting tolls on I-84 is par for that course. Isn't it about time Connecticut tried to turn that perception around? Bull said New York shoppers will simply go elsewhere.

"They have options," Bull said. "It's an additional expense the state keeps piling on."

Bull sent testimony to Hartford Monday with the goal, "to voice our strong opposition to the imposition of tolls in Danbury."

The chamber testimony argues traffic congestion gets worse every year in Danbury, and tolls will make it worse. He argued one reason the state got rid of tolls 20 years ago was to cut air pollution. He said if the state needs tax money as bad as it claims, why not put tolls over every river in the state, thereby spreading the tax burden to more people.

Robert OBrien February 26, 2013 at 02:27 PM
When is enough enough? Here's an Idea Hartford.. stop spending. We are getting hit from all sides.. The tax increase in this state already hurt and now the federal tax increase on top of that. Almost $4 a gallon for gas, $4 a gallon for heating oil, electric rates up. When are the politicians going to take responsibility for what they do and stop expecting everyone else to pay for their mistakes. Im not saying the oil prices are all their fault.. but the taxes on them are however. We are at the point where we cant afford to live in this state anymore.
Kkakj February 26, 2013 at 06:22 PM
Youre worried about new york not using our mall?? Then they should pay a special tax!!! To alleviate our car taxes, they're used to tolls, nor do they pay car taxes, stop taxing us based on NY shoppers!
Steve Prior February 27, 2013 at 03:44 AM
I commute every day from Danbury to Greenwich by driving West on I-84 and down I-684 because CT isn't self sufficient on its own highways - going down Route 7 to either the Merritt or I-95 would be awful. CT shouldn't make it hard for its own citizens to get to/from work.
Bill March 06, 2013 at 04:08 AM
We pay a tax to shop there -- it's called a sales tax, especially now that clothing is no longer exempt!
TarshaM March 09, 2013 at 12:49 PM
I live in Danbury and work in New York and adding tolls would be ridiculous!. There are so many ways in and out of Danbury and all I would have to do is drive on the local roads and puff no tolls.


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