UPDATE: Pamlico County Commissioners Approve Money To Fight Tolls

Pamlico County Commissioners voted Monday to hire a lobbyist to fight against looming ferry tolls on the Cherry Branch/Minnesott Beach ferries.

WITN's Kelsie Smith says the vote was 4 to 3. The vote allows the county to spend $10,000 to hire a lobbyist to fight against the tolls.

While all commissioners are against the tolls, those who voted against the lobbyist felt it's too much money to spend and that the process is too far along to reverse.

Tolls are slated to increase on April 1. Since the legislature is not scheduled to reconvene until May, people against the ferry tolls are hopeful they can force action at a legislative committee meeting on March 9 in Raleigh.

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We'll be watching whether a local board of county commissioners takes action today against the unpopular move by the state to add or increase tolls on some state ferry routes.

The Pamlico County Commissioners have called a special meeting for this morning. The purpose is to decide whether to pay a lobbyist to work for the county to try to stop the tolls for the Cherry Branch/Minnesott Beach ferries.

The New Bern Sun Journal says the commissioners voted 3 to 3, a tie, last week on whether to spend $10,000 in tax money to join Hyde and Beaufort counties in the lobbying effort against the tolls. We'll let you know what happens at this morning's meeting.

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