- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 20, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont’s deputy secretary of transportation has asked her staff to re-evaluate whether the state should impose interstate tolls.

Sue Minter said a new electronic tolling system could be put into place without a lot of expensive personnel costs.

“So we want to see whether or not it might be a system we could consider or that the Legislature may be interested in considering in the future,” she said.

Under federal law, Vermont, which has used a lot of federal money to build its roads, isn’t allowed to charge tolls. But a plan backed by the White House is being considered that would allow all states to charge an interstate toll if they decide to, Vermont Public Radio reported (http://bit.ly/1kkZfw7).

It’s important to study the tolling options in Vermont because gas-tax revenues are no longer keeping pace with financing needs, Minter said.

“We can’t continue to rely on a declining revenue base and need to be thinking creatively and outside the box all the time,” she said.

Her agency is just starting to explore the tolling option and it could be several years before the administration decides whether or not to impose tolls on the state’s interstate, she said.

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