Letter to the Editor – From Commissioner Hodge
On June 16th, there was a Public Hearing at Perryville High School for input on the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) proposal to increase tolls on the Hatem Bridge and other MDTA facilities. I went, concerned that not enough people would attend to effectively show Cecil County’s opposition to this proposal. I was wrong.
Estimates for attendance have varied from 700 to 1200 participants, while an untold number of people were turned away due to the immense crowding. This turnout makes me proud, as it shows that Cecil County residents will stand up for ourselves, and that we will fight the things that must be fought.
What I am really happy about is the unified stance of all of those participants against the proposed increases. Hundreds of people were willing to give up an evening of their personal time to let MDTA know exactly how we feel. I hope the MDTA listens to all who spoke out against the toll hikes and provided ideas and alternative solutions.
This fight is not over. On Monday, June 27th, the MDTA is holding another Public Hearing at the Havre de Grace Activity Center, 351 Lewis Lane in Havre de Grace. Registration for public comment begins at 5:30 PM and formal presentation and testimony begins at 6:00 PM. We must go and support our fellow Marylanders in Harford County in our fight against the MDTA proposal.
County Commissioner 5th District