Bill to eliminate ferry tolls set to go before committee

Published: Monday, May 20, 2013 at 09:24 AM.

The ferry division plans have included the recent installation of ferry toll booths.

The tolls were first mandated by the Legislature in its budget work in 2011, and then put on a one-year moratorium in the spring of 2012 on an executive order by then Gov. Bev Perdue.

Over the course of two years, there have been numerous public hearings along the coast, with the largest crowds coming to three hearings at Pamlico Community College.

Pamlico County hired the lobbyists to fight the tolls and a citizens group that includes Summers was formed, called “Don’t Tax Our Highways.”

The affected local ferries include the Minnesott Beach-Cherry Branch route across the Neuse River and the Auora-Bayview route over the Pamlico River.

The proposed charge for the Cherry Branch route would be $4 for the typical passenger vehicle and $1 per passenger. A commuter pass for $150 per year would also be available.

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