Residents voice opposition to ferry tolls at hearing

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

“We should be funding all things in the state using funds from all people in the state,” he said.

He said those people using the ferry were not getting a “free ride” because they pay gasoline tax.

Henri McClees and her husband Joe are paid legislative lobbyists for Pamlico County. She said the hearings were not about gathering public comment.

“The purpose — from the board of transportation standpoint — is to strong-arm RPOs into voting the tolls. Presssure, pressure, pressure,” she said.

She added that RPOs should not trust DOT’s revenue and expenditure numbers.

“They are not worth the paper they are printed on,” she said, ripping apart one of the prepared information packets that was available for audience members.

Paul Delamar III, chairman of the Pamlico County Board of Commissioners, noted that his board was unanimous in its opposition to tolls. He pointed at DOT as the instigator and called the proposed $5 million in projected toll revenues “a small amount” in the big picture of the state’s transportation budget.

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