No Toll Hike but Higher Taxes

December 18, 2012 Updated Dec 18, 2012 at 3:05 PM EDT


December 18, 2012 Updated Dec 18, 2012 at 3:05 PM EDT

Albany, N.Y. (WKBW) - In order to avoid a 45 percent toll increase for tractor trailers, the Thruway Authority has cut its funding to State Troopers who patrol the high way. Many drivers worry it will affect their safety.

Governor Andrew Cuomo said it wouldn't change a thing. Troop "T", which patrols the highway will remain intact, paid for by the state. Now, lawmakers have not ruled out the possibility of increasing taxes because of this decision.

Meanwhile, truck drivers and community leaders are celebrating the news. They said a toll hike would have driven up the cost of every day products and cause a list of other problems.

Jonathon Price of Price Trucking was very vocal during this controversy.

"Absolutely it's going to affect the prices. We can't afford to do the work and not pay our bills, and we can't operate at a loss. We're here to try to pay our bills and make money and if we can't do that, then there's no sense even doing the loads," Price said.

Governor Cuomo said there would most likely not be any toll hikes on the highway for the next three years but he couldn't guarantee it. He said it all depends on the financial challenges that might come into play.

Troopers will still be out in full force to keep the highway safe. As for the truckers, the tolls are staying the same for Western New York. The bad news is that there could be an increase in your taxes to off set the millions of dollars those tolls would have raised.