- Associated Press - Monday, September 29, 2014

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) - The Georgia Ports Authority will once again put up $3 million to help maintain the waterway to the growing Port of Brunswick, though officials say the federal government should be paying the entire tab.

Members of the port authority’s board who voted Monday to approve the spending said they were reluctant to do so for a second straight year. That’s because the federal government collects about $1.8 billion annually in taxes shippers pay on imported goods and the money is supposed to pay for harbor maintenance. But only about half the money has been used for that purpose since the mid-1990s.

Georgia port officials say Brunswick is too busy to allow its shipping channel to fall into disrepair. Brunswick is now the nation’s 2nd busiest seaport for shipping automobiles.

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