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Perdue says she'll order delay on NC "ferry tax"

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue says she has the power to stop unpopular increases on ferry tolls at the coast with an executive order.

Perdue announced Tuesday she would sign an order that would place a 12-month moratorium on requiring higher tolls on three routes and new tolls on two other routes. The Legislature told the Department of Transportation last year to generate $5 million in new revenues through tolls that must be in place by April 1.

Perdue's office justifies the executive order through a state law giving DOT discretion to collect tolls, which Perdue says would place a burden on working people in a region still recovering from Hurricane Irene. Perdue labeled the tolls a "ferry tax."

There was no immediate response from legislative leaders.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Yeah, how dare we expect the people who USE it.....

...to pay for it?

Ferry Info

Perhaps SurfCity Tom needs to study the ferry system a LITTLE more. There are several ferry runs that are used for persons traveling to their jobs on a daily basis. I do agree that there is nepotism in a lot of state government but those who depend on the ferry system for work transportation particularly in Pamlico County which has a high poverty rate and low incomes needs their ferry runs to get to work without costing them more dollars.
Guess the Governor is making a grandstand play before she leaves office on putting the increases on hold. There is probably a great need to make up the funding differences, but there is still the issue of a tourist ferry that was not going to charge for trips. THIS is one of the runs that needs to charge the tourists to ride the boat.
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Horse Hockey

The Ferry System should be self supporting and not a drain on the taxpayers.

There have been repeated reports, over the past 5 years, detailing the nepotism and unsupervised overtime which costs the system hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Few, if any, use the ferries for commuting to work with the possible exception of the Kure Beach to Southport run.

So sell a monthly pass which allows one to use the ferry as often as necessary for whatever reason.

Business persons who use the ferry system charge off the toll charge as a business expense.

Just another example of the Democratic Governor setting the stage for tough decisions which must be made. And rather than make them and accept the heat; she defers the decision to incoming Governor McCrory.

Job Killing Tax!

Perdue is right on this, infrastructure was never intended to nor ever will be to be "self Supporting". Just as we all pay towards the highways,commuter rail and airports and ports, we all should continue to support the ferry system. I will agree with Tom about the out of control overtime costs and Nepotism, that needs to be cleaned up and from what I have read that is taking place albeit slowly.

The Bayview/Aurora ferry could be eliminated or service drastically reduced. The Ocracoke/Cedar Island ferry could stand for some reduced service on weekdays.