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Toll Roads May Be Answer to Funding Problems

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Toll Roads May Be Answer to Funding Problems

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Toll Roads May Be Answer to Funding Problems TULSA - More toll roads might be one answer to a proposed federal transportation policy asking states to carry more of the load in funding highway projects, a state transportation official said.

According to The Road Information Program, a non-profit organization based in Washington, states paid 74 percent of highway project costs in 1980. The amount had grown to 77.6 percent by 1988.

Mike Mayberry, public affairs manager of the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, said in Wednesday's edition of the Tulsa World that the federal government wants state, county and local governments to pick up more funding of highways.

``Basically, under the proposals, states would have to bear more of the responsibility in matching fund projects,'' Mayberry said. ``Obviously, in our current state economic situation, that doesn't look real promising.

``Where will those funds come from?''

As federal funding for highway projects decreases, Mayberry said he expects to see more toll roads.

``That's a true user fee,'' he said. ``You will be seeing more and more of that type of taxation to pay for a service as the federal government backs away from funding projects.''

Altus Contracts for Economic Development Activities ALTUS - The City of Altus has contracted with the Altus/Southwest Area Economic Development Corp. for economic development activities and services. This new organization represents a broad base of groups and individuals interested in the growth and development of the Altus, Jackson County and southwest region of the state, according to Altus Mayor Boozie McMahan.

Communities to Get `Certification' Visits Clinton and Seminole will be the first two Oklahoma communities to receive visits from a "certification" team in conjunction with their participation in the Oklahoma Certified Cities program, according to the Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

The program, introduced last October, is a tool for communities in the state to use in preparing for economic development, and is facilitated by the state chamber through a contract with the Oklahoma Department of Commerce. …

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