Legislators give opponents of ferry tolls some hope

Published: Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 10:04 PM.

Rep. Charles Jeter, R-Mecklenburg, who introduced a bill against the tolls, Rep. Kelly Hastings, R-Gaston; Rep. Paul Tine, D-Dare, and Sen. Bill Cook, R-Beaufort, did not attend Saturday’s meeting but did tour the different ferry routes.

The toll changes will take effect July 1 unless there is a reverse action by the General Assembly, which first ordered the overseeing state DOT to generate an extra $5 million annually back in 2011. An executive order by then-Gov. Bev. Perdue put a one-year moratorium in place, but that has since been rescinded by the legislators.

Currently, four bills are in committee on the ferry issue in the General Assembly, including bills to abolish the tolls by Sanderson and Speciale. One bill calls for tolls on all ferries. 

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