Governor Perdue Blocks New Ferry Tolls

Governor Beverly Perdue says she will issue an executive order blocking new fees on the state's ferries.

Last year the General Assembly mandated that the D.O.T. increase ferry revenue up to $5 million each year by putting tolls on all ferry routes, except for the Ocracoke/Hatteras ferry and the Knotts Island Ferry.

That has outraged many coastal residents. Pamlico County commissioners voted just yesterday to hire a lobbyist to fight tolls for the Cherry Branch/Minnesott Beach ferry, saying many residents use that as a way to work at Cherry Point.

Perdue calls the fees a "ferry tax", and says it would impose an additional burden on the region. The governor's order will impose a 12-month moratorium on collecting the increased tolls on routes already being charged, and on collecting any new tolls on routes that currently are free.

The governor says the coast is recovering from the recession, but at a slower rate because of the damage from Hurricane Irene. She says at the end of 12 months the D.O.T. will review the state's economic conditions to determine whether the moratorium should continue. The order also directs the D.O.T. to find enough budget reductions to make up for the lost revenue.

State lawmakers imposed the new tolls over Perdue's veto. The governor says while the legislature's budget requires the establishment of the new tolls, state law gives D.O.T. the discretion of whether to collect them.


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  • by Tyke Location: Ocracoke on Mar 1, 2012 at 02:47 PM
    Vet, you hit the head on the nail. Who is going to miss a lowsy $ 2.00.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 29, 2012 at 03:22 PM
    Are these the same poor folks pictured in the "Ocracoke Current" vacationing all over the world during the off season?
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      by Ocracoke Native on Mar 1, 2012 at 06:51 AM in reply to
      Do you have to pay to access the road to your home?
  • by becca Location: ocracoke on Feb 29, 2012 at 01:31 PM
    First of all, none of the locals are trying to be free loaders. Only a handful of people use the ferries to go to work, and they are not trying to get a ride for free. The majority of us islanders use the ferries to go to doctor and dentist appointments, grocery store, and to get to the county seat. Would you like to pay $30 some dollars just to get to jury duty, to only make $17 for one day of your civic duty? If half of you that were commenting knew all of your facts and were put in our shoes, I can guarantee that you would have a very different opinion. Good job, Bev!!
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Feb 29, 2012 at 12:34 PM
    As much as I have disagreed with what she has gone with, I agree with her decision on this. If you are going to start tolling anything, it needs to be the interstates, especially I-95 and I-85, not the ferries. The ones who should be charged are the out of state people who go across North Carolina to go to another state to spend their money. Toll the people who go from up north to Florida and back, not the tourists visiting North Carolina. Also people who go back and forth to work or school should be exempt from these toll fees. That's the best solution possible.
  • by JerryKfromthela Location: LancoPa on Feb 29, 2012 at 09:37 AM
    I think is great that the Gov is trying to help the people of Ocracoke. They need the vacationers to help keep the economy of this beautiful island going.All you people from the mainland should take a holiday on the outter banks to see for yourself it's beauty.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 29, 2012 at 09:24 AM
    Crossing the river is a convenience not a need, drive around.
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      by Ocracoke Native on Feb 29, 2012 at 11:21 AM in reply to
      Driving around is not an option...the only access we have to our home is by ferry.
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        by Then start paying for it on Feb 29, 2012 at 02:19 PM in reply to Ocracoke Native
        How else to you think it works.... Stop freeloading
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        by Anonymous on Feb 29, 2012 at 06:33 PM in reply to Ocracoke Native
        I said crossing the river not the sound. Pay attention!
  • by rapper Location: snow hill on Feb 29, 2012 at 09:18 AM
    Only residents,property or business ownwers of the OBX should have to pay a toll !! They use these ferries routinely in their businesses and to make money; tourists and visitors spend plenty to visit the place occasionally ! If you make money or improve your life as a result of having the ferries to use daily, you need to pay for this !!
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      by Anonymous on Mar 1, 2012 at 06:54 AM in reply to rapper
      This is our home where many of us have lived for generations! Do you have to pay to access the road to your home? This is the ONLY access to our community. We are not improving our life as a result of the ferries...it's our only option.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 29, 2012 at 08:26 AM
    She did nothing. Instead of getting more of the money needed to operate the ferry system from the actual users, the rest of the taxpayers have to cover it. How is that helping anything?
  • by Roy Location: Winterville on Feb 29, 2012 at 08:00 AM
    I drove to work for 33 years, and never got a free tank of gas from the state. Why do these well paid Texas Gulf employees not want to pay their own way. Very sad, everyone is trying to kill this country.
  • by janine Location: craven county on Feb 29, 2012 at 07:55 AM
    Wonder where Norman Sandersons press release is on the ferry tolls? Oh wait he didnt do anything!!! He is not that kind of politician!and what kind would that be? AN EFFECTIVE ONE!!!!
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