FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Freeway Toll Authority Pays the Toll

11/4/05, People for Efficient Transportation
Contact: Sal Costello

Freeway Toll Authority Pays the Toll

Mobility Authority boldly told the press they will appeal and refuse to pay.
Only to pay up and admit defeat weeks later.

AUSTIN, Tex. – Judge Darlene Byrne ruled Texas RMA board terms were unconstitutional in July. In September, the Judge demanded Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (CTRMA) was to pay more than $19,000 in legal fees to People for Efficient Transportation Inc. (PET Inc.), who brought the lawsuit last spring.

CTRMA quickly put out a press release statewide on 9/14/05 in which council Brian Cassidy claimed "We do not believe payment is warranted and the authority will appeal" (http://www.ctrma.org/pr.php)

The CTRMA check for $19,331.98 was delivered to PET Inc. council yesterday and there will be no appeal.

"Gov. Perry's new bureaucratic RMA not only gives out no bid contracts to themselves and their friends (as stated in the Comptrollers report - http://www.window.state.tx.us/specialrpt/ctrma05/), but this check proves these crooks who will set the toll rates for roads we've already paid for, just keep telling mistruths at every turn. Their press release just weeks ago (http://www.ctrma.org/pr.php) in which they beat their chest and proclaimed they would appeal, and not pay at all, was just one more of many statements to misdirect the press and the public. We've just begun to fight for the public roads we've already funded. The people will not allow Gov. Perry to toll roads that are already ours." said Sal Costello, founder of People for Efficient Transportation Inc.


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