Meeting set for Monday in Raleigh

Published: Friday, March 8, 2013 at 09:21 AM.

What has been called a sizable contingent of residents plans to be in Raleigh Monday in the ongoing protest against new and increased tolls for the state’s coastal ferries.

The toll changes will go into effect in July unless there is legislative intervention. State lawmakers ordered the toll changes in 2011 as part of a mandate to the N.C. Department of Transportation to increase annual revenues to $5 million.

An executive order moratorium delaying the tolls for a year was issued in February 2012 by former Gov. Bev Perdue.

The changes include new tolls on previously free ferries at Minnesott Beach-Cherry Branch on the Neuse River and Aurora-Bayview on the Pamlico River.

The state holds the first of three public hearings on the tolls Monday night in Raleigh.

Local protestors plan to be in the state capital by noon, hold a sign rally at the General Assembly and then meet with some lawmakers later in the afternoon before the 7 p.m. hearing.

Larry Summers, an Oriental town commissioner and a leader of the Pamlico toll protesters said he planned to get to Raleigh around 1 p.m.

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