12/10/2007: "State Ferry = State Funding -But on the other hand..."
I was interested to see the idea put forth for a property tax increase in the ferry served counties. (Related Story) We have always been told that the ferries can't favor local residents in either boarding or fares because they are state funded. If this idea gains traction, then we should be able to include some boarding preference and fare considerations in the process. (not that I am in favor of a property tax increase in the first place.)
As a matter of principal, I'd be curious to know in the entire state how much of property tax anywhere goes toward transportation needs. A regional sales tax at least spreads the cost to include visitors as well. But it's a state system, so state taxes and fees should support it.