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Legislator Hardwick opposes border crossings fees


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oneilj - Posted on 29 April 2013

Erie County Legislator Kevin Hardwick supported a resolution opposing a possible border crossing fee along the United States-Canadian border. Approved unanimously at the April 25, 2013 Erie County Legislature session, the resolution will be sent to federal representatives, encouraging them to continue to fight against a recent proposal that could result in an increased cost for motorists and pedestrians to travel into the United States. 

Recently the Department of Homeland Security suggested a study be conducted to review adding a border crossing fee as part of its 2014 budget proposal. Legislator Hardwick and his colleagues oppose this proposal, stating that a fee increase would have a substantial negative impact on the local economy. 

“Our cross border commerce is dependent upon allowing our friends to the north the opportunity to move across our bridges quickly and cheaply so that the dollars they choose to bring over can be spent with our small business owners and shopping centers. Any additional fees will only deter these customers from spending their money in Erie County,” said Legislator Hardwick. 

To read a copy of the complete resolution, please CLICK HERE. In 2012, Erie County collected $410 million in sales tax revenue. 

For additional information, please contact Legislator Hardwick’s Legislative Office at 858-8672 or email kevin.hardwick@erie.gov.