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Posted: Friday, 03 May 2013 9:11AM

Voters decide CCC bridge toll fate



Today, voters in New Orleans and Jefferson and Plaquemines parishes should decide once and for all whether tolls will be collected form drivers crossing the Crescent City Connection. Polls are open until 8 p.m. Saturday.

By fewer than 40 votes, the tolls seemed to win a 20-year extension last November.  But a court challenge resulted in a judge throwing out the election results out after hearing evidence of electioneering and improper ballots.

Mike Teachworth is a Westbank resident behind the "Stop the Tolls" movement.  He says the tolls have served their purpose.

"We built the bridge, we paid for it.  Why do we have to pay this bridge tax?  The people in Baton Rouge don't have to pay it," Teachworth said.  "There's ten other bridges, none of them have tolls, all of them are maintained."

Glenn Orgeron is a board member of the Algiers Economic Development Foundation. He says the tolls still serve an important purpose.

"We need a secure stream of income, of revenue to support the bridge," he said.  Orgeron says without that dedicated stream, the state could neglect the bridge.

The Bureau of Government Research disagrees -- the independent watchdog says the state is obligated to maintain the bridge, tolls or not.

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Locations : Crescent CityJeffersonNew OrleansPlaquemines
People : Glenn OrgeronMike Teachworth
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