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Abandon ‘Service Plaza’ Proposal

July 31, 2012
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Ohio officials' idea of allowing businesses to place advertisements at highway rest stops was an excellent one because it could raise a few dollars to defray the cost of maintaining the facilities.

But a plan to turn five rest stops in southeast Ohio into "service plazas" falls into the "not so much" category.

The idea was to allow businesses such as restaurants and service stations to open at selected rest stops, in exchange for fees paid to the state. Obviously, that would have given the service plaza businesses an edge - subsidized in part by taxpayers - over nearby stores, eateries and filling stations.

The state should not compete against the private sector for such business.

No developers have expressed interest in the service plaza idea. Good. That gives state officials an excellent reason to shelve a proposal that never should have been considered in the first place.

 
 

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