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Thruway Toll Hike Reconsidered

Friday, October 24, 2008

New York's State Comptroller says an audit of the state Thruway Authority has found that it’s difficult to determine whether a controversial toll hike is really justified. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.

REPORTER: When the Thruway Authority announced a 10 percent toll hike, which took effect in January, it said it needed the money to fund maintenance and repair projects, and to make up for decreased usage of the nation's longest toll highway due to high gas prices. But state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli says an audit has found that the records of capital projects were too muddled to determine whether the toll hike was really necessary, and he recommends now that gas prices are going down, a portion of the toll hike should be rescinded.

DINAPOLI: There's still opportunity for them to revisit those toll hikes so we certainly would recommend they do that.

REPORTER: In a statement, the Thruway Authority says it will comply with many of the comptroller's recommendations but says that toll hikes are justified. In Albany, I'm Karen DeWitt.

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