Residents voice opposition to ferry tolls at hearing

Published: Monday, February 10, 2014 at 02:26 PM.

Speciale said he was suspicious of some of the DOT projected revenue figures, especially in the area of vessel naming rights and selling advertising on the boats.

Sanderson also called for the RPOs to take no action on tolls. He said citizen protests had kept the tolls from being enacted last year and that he continued to work on legislation to do away with all of the coastal ferry tolls, predicting it would increase tourism and bring more money into the state.

“My goal is to keep the tolls off the un-tolled ferries now and to remove the tolls from every ferry in North Carolina,” he said.

He also warned of neighboring counties competing for DOT dollars.

“Pamlico doesn’t need to stand against Craven, or Jones, Onslow or Beaufort counties,” he said.

Greg Piner of Oriental, another “Don’t Tax Our Highway” organizer, said that a 0.1-cent increase in gasoline tax would raise the revenue, with the average state gasoline consumer paying 80 cents annually.

He said the proposed $3 one-way fare for an average size vehicle was unfair.

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