RALEIGH -At the direction of the General Assembly, the North Carolina Board of
Transportation studied how fees, sponsorship and privatization might be
used to reduce the use of public funds for services provided by the Department
To carry out duties
assigned under the 2014 Budget Bill (Section
34.17(a)), the board received information and discussed opportunities
during a joint committee meeting in October and continued to research, review
and compile additional information provided by NCDOT staff. And on Thursday, Nov. 6 the Board unanimously approved the draft study.
include new sponsorship opportunities for highway litter removal and rest
areas, implementing or increasing some fees for current NCDOT services
including traffic analysis and inspections, and some additional costs for
outdoor advertising. A copy of the sponsorship
report and a summary
of the fees can be found on the NCDOT website.
are expected to serve as a basis for policy deliberations by the General
Assembly concerning the balance between public funding of infrastructure and
user fee based service provision.
In many cases NCDOT
currently does not collect enough in fees to cover services, and additional
funds could be used to help build and maintain the state's transportation
The Board did not vote on approving any fees. Its approval of the study was needed so the Department can submit study recommendations to the Joint Legislative Transportation Oversight
Committee and the Fiscal Research Division no later than December 1.
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