Pamlico County: Our Fight Against Ferry Tolls Continues

Those opposed to new ferry tolls aren't giving up their fight even after Governor Perdue blocked new ferry tolls and increases on existing ones for at least a year.

The Cherry Branch/Minnesott ferry connecting Highway 306 in Pamlico County to Craven County is mainly used by commuters and residents traveling for medical care.

Pamlico County residents tell us adding a fee to this ferry would hurt them, which is why they're glad Governor Perdue blocked the tolls. But they say this is just the beginning of their fight.

Pamlico County Commissioner Kenny Heath says, "We still need to overturn the law that the legislation passed, we need to go in force to Raleigh and show them that we're serious about fighting this."

Pamlico County residents are traveling to Raleigh on March 9th to attend the legislative committee meeting. Hyde and Beaufort Counties are also lobbying against the tolls.


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  • by dave Location: mhc on Mar 4, 2012 at 05:19 AM
    Please for the love of god do some real reporting. The ferry system loses millions every month. Can someone from your office do the work, find thedollar amount lost each year. This state is broke and i think the one sided reporting sucks. Have a nice day, Dave
  • by Anonymous on Mar 1, 2012 at 09:09 AM
    Typical politics by the governor, make it as hard as you can on the oposition party. I feel a republican governor would have done the same thing. never about the good of the people, it is about I am incharge. well played governor.
  • by Water welfare on Mar 1, 2012 at 04:04 AM
    You ride, you pay. There is nothing really more to talk about..........
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      by Highway User on Mar 1, 2012 at 05:59 AM in reply to Water welfare
      I totally agree! Don't forget we also ride on highways so we need to pay there too.
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      by hyde on Mar 1, 2012 at 10:02 AM in reply to Water welfare
      Maybe they should put a toll on the road you travel back & forth to get those beer & cigs, then you might feel diffrent. I would say a job but you probally don't work.
  • by user fees needed on Mar 1, 2012 at 03:23 AM
    Why not make these expenses pay for themselves? Install more tolls and ferry costs so that they become self supporting and stop being dependent on others paying taxes for them.
  • by DP Location: eastern n c on Feb 29, 2012 at 10:36 PM
    Guess the ferry system will have to hire 12 to 15 people to collect the tolls and count the money. The state needs more employees lol
  • by DP Location: eastern n c on Feb 29, 2012 at 10:36 PM
    Guess the ferry system will have to hire 12 to 15 people to collect the tolls and count the money. The state needs more employees lol
  • by Anonymous Location: Beaufort Co. on Feb 29, 2012 at 08:35 PM
    Since the ferry system is part of the NCDOT it is paid for the same as roads ... through highway taxes. As part of that system, ferries should not be required to have tolls any more than the new roads in the western part of the state have tolls. To single out one division and target a small portion of NC is wrong. Since the state is so desperate for money, let them put tolls on all the new roads, by-passes, belt-lines, etc. being built around Raleigh and other large cities. There are more jobs there and the impact on the lives would be less not to mention since there would be far more traffic there would be far more revenue made. Since taxes pay for both, if one is tolled all should be tolled. To double charge the east while the west gets a free ride is simply wrong.
  • by George Location: Gereenville on Feb 29, 2012 at 05:46 PM
    Does anyone know what the total cost of these ferries are per year? I'm seeing a lot of lazy reporting on this but no real stories about actual annual costs. Are they running in the red or the black? What are the annual cost of operating a ferry? You have a captain and crew for each boat as well as maintenance for the boat... they get pay and benefits don't they? What about the cost of buying a ferry and how long does it last? Another consideration is dredging costs. Come on WITN...will you please do some honest investigating reporting? Make a name for yourselves for petes sake!
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      by Anonymous on Feb 29, 2012 at 09:39 PM in reply to George
      WITN does NOT do any investigating. They just print what is given to them.
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      by Lynn - Wilson on Mar 1, 2012 at 05:56 AM in reply to George
      I have no idea what the cost is to run the ferries but it can not be running in the black. The ferries, like the roads, are taxed supported. They are part of the NCDOT highways and their employees are employed by the DOT. We all know that nothing the state runs generates an income. That being said, I do agree that those who ride the ferries already pay to ride them the same as I pay to use the roads. Maybe the NC powers that be need to stop wasteful spending and get the budget under control instead of putting their hands out for more. Also tolling roads for out-of-state drivers would do more to generate monies needed than using the relative few who use the ferries on a daily basis. Time for the government to tighten their belts just as us citizens have had to do. Google - "Audit nc ferry division" and you will see where alot of wasteful spending and abuse occurs within the system.
  • by me Location: Bayboro on Feb 29, 2012 at 05:40 PM
    Stay home and pay for your free ride and lame excuses. There is nothing free in this world.
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      by Terry on Feb 29, 2012 at 08:42 PM in reply to me
      Then you will not mind if the state puts a toll on the road you live on? My taxes pay for roads AND ferries. Why do you feel it fair to charge for a ferry when I am already paying for it? That would be making me pay twice for the same thing in which you only pay once. How about we do away with ferries, raise everyones taxes and just build bridges? Will that work for you?
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        by because you chose to live on an island on Mar 1, 2012 at 04:03 AM in reply to Terry
        Stop crying... My goodness.....
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          by Terry on Mar 1, 2012 at 06:24 AM in reply to because you chose to live on an island
          I do not live near the coast. I live in Cary. I do sometimes use the ferry service when I go to the beach. I do not feel it right to pay twice for the same service.
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        by Anonymous on Mar 1, 2012 at 08:46 AM in reply to Terry
        Do the numbers and the percentage of people riding the ferry compared to the ones riding the roads. Big difference right? So why should we pay for the few who ride the ferry?
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