Bill would eliminate all ferry tolls

Published: Friday, March 29, 2013 at 03:43 PM.

“But, it wasn’t and we had to go in another route,” Sanderson said. “Wherever we have gone to in the legislature, the attitude has been ‘let’s toll them all or none of them.’ We want to go with none.”

He said time was short between now and the July 1 date the tolls go into effect, so introducing companion bills in both legislative chambers could expedite the matter.

He said having representatives and senators from throughout the state support the bill has been encouraging.

“We have some leverage, and it could come through this bill or through the (General Assembly) budget if they allow the ferry division to raise money through these ways or cut their operating costs,” Sanderson said.

The Sanderson Senate bill 524 is co-sponsored by Sen. Bill Cook, R-Beaufort.

The House bill 475 has four sponsors including representatives from the Piedmont — Rep. Charles Jeter, R-Mecklenburg, and Rep. John Torbett, R-Gaston. Torbett is co-chair of the House Transportation Committee.

The House bill also has a Democratic sponsor, Rep. Paul Tine of Manteo, along with Rep. Frank Iler, R-Brunswick.



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