Ferry Tolls Delayed
The Minnesott Beach – Cherry Branch ferry is just down the road from Arlington Place. And twice an hour like clockwork, it takes passengers across the Neuse River, for no charge. The ferry is Pamlico County’s ‘bridge’ to Havelock, Morehead City, Atlantic Beach, Beaufort, Emerald Isle, and beyond. As the NC legislature attempted to pass their budget last year, it was decided that tolling the ferries would be a good way to collect revenue for the NCDOT. From the minute the tolls were announced, little ol Pamlico County was on the defense against the big guys in Raleigh. But we don’t like to be underestimated and our voice was definitely heard. Yesterday afternoon, NC Govenor Bev Perdue announced that she is putting a 1 year moratorium on the proposed local ferry tolls. In the statement Perdue was quoted as saying “This new ferry tax – which I have always opposed – is both excessive and discriminatory. It is unjust for the General Assembly to balance their budget on the backs of coastal working men and women.” Read the entire article on TownDock.net – http://towndock.net/news/governor-perdue-stops-ferry-tolls. The battle is not over but this is a huge step in the right direction and a testiment to determination and persistence, chalk one up for the little guys!