bill in the Mississippi Senate to create tolls along some roads and bridges in
the state will have to wait until next year.
toll road legislation intended to give the state another tool to raise revenue
during a tight budget year died after the Feb. 1 deadline for House and Senate
committees to report out bills and constitutional amendments originating in
measure, offered by Sen. Charlie Ross, R-Brandon, remained in the Senate
Highways and Transportation and Finance committees at the deadline.
authorized the Mississippi Transportation Commission, county boards of
supervisors and city officials to contract with private industry to construct
roads and bridges and collect tolls to pay off the work.
bill didn’t spell out specific toll charges. That would be determined by MDOT.
proposal required 20 percent of a county’s electorate or 1,500 voters,
whichever is less, to call for a referendum on any project.
also mandated that alternative routes be available so drivers could avoid
paying the tolls.