About 350 attend meeting in Pamlico

Published: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 12:10 AM.

Sanderson said his thoughts were to let money that would be paid on tolling instead be spent by residents in the local economy.

Sanderson said he had been focusing on the ferry system cutting expenses to make up the mandated $5 million the General Assembly wants the ferry division to add to its revenues each year.

Many of the speakers at Monday’s hearing voiced reasons against the tolls that had not changed since two hearings here in the spring of 2012.

Jim Barton, a retired U.S. Navy captain, said the lawmakers rushed to the tolls for revenue without consulting towns and counties and the public in coastal counties. He said legislators failed to analyze the effects of the tolls on working citizens and even school children, who would have to pay to ride to school or for activity buses on the ferries.

Also, he said that with tolls, "We are discouraging tourism."

Oriental businesswoman Bama Lutes Deal urged the crowd to make a personal effort on the issue and let lawmakers hear their concerns.

"We may be small in population," she said of Pamlico County. "But, it’s 13,400 real people who can write letters. If you do nothing, you get what you get. Take action. Make it personal."

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