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POSTED: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - 7:45pm

UPDATED: Sunday, November 10, 2013 - 1:31pm

Grassroots America "We the People" tell us the Smith County Commissioners Court took an action on Tuesday, which will affect Smith County tax payers.

In fact, Grassroots have launched a petition because they feel many residents won't be able to voice their opinion.

Grassroots America want Smith County tax payers to know how local taxes will be used.

Grassroots tells KETK, county officials made a wrong turn and they're objecting a proposal by the Smith County Commissioners Court.

The controversy is the proposed Transportation Reinvestment Zone.

Joann Fleming, Executive Director of Grassroots America "We the People" says, this proposal will drain property taxes to a state highway project. "

Fleming says, local tax payer money should not be used to fund this state project.

"We've already done that in Smith County, almost $4 million dollars has gone to Toll 49 already," says Fleming.

Fleming says, our county needs to priorities straight.

Everett Owen, Interium Executive Director of North East Texas Regional Mobility Authority (NETRMA) tells us, this proposal is a local project.

"It will help fund the next section of Toll Road 49 going from Interstate 20 going to North of Lindale, which will benefit all Smith County residents, " says Owen.

The next public hearing is held November 15th at 9:30 a.m.

Grassroots Launched an on-line petition so residents can send a message to voice their opinion.

Fleming says, the meeting time is inconvenient for many Smith County tax payers, so the comments will be read at the meeting.

Click on the link for more information about the petition:


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Y'all voted for the toll roads and now you don't like paying for them ?

Isn't their private companies operating some of the toll roads and keeping the profits for a prescribed number of years?

That's the American way, isn't it? You work for it and someone else gets it!

Smith county got $60 million in stimulus money of which they used almost $40 million on the toll road, then they said that they got loans and grants from the state of Texas also for the toll road for untold millions, now they want even more money? Someone better check to see exactly where all this money is really going. We already pay enough money to drive on the roads we have, why have to pay even more to drive on a toll road to benefit the city and state, just fix the ones we have already.

How about no one use the toll road and maybe in a few years after it goes bankrupt we can get the state of Texas to take it over as a regular road.

I mean, we need to vote with our wallet.

We pay for it then pay to use it.

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