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County Drops Proposed Ferry Surcharge Proposal

The tax would have cost Fire Island visitors 25 cent tax on ferry trips.

For the second time in two decades Suffolk County lawmakers have decided not to implement a surcharge tax on Fire Island ferry operators that would have cost riders a quarter on each ferry trip.

The decision, according to a published report late yesterday, was due to protests by the ferry industry and Fire Island businesses.

The proposal was made initially to help the county deal with a $530 million budget gap and could have provided $750,000 in revenue for the county, according to previous published reports.

Local ferry operators had threatened to go to court if the surcharge was instituted. The county had proposed a similiar levy back in the 1990s but withdrew the proposal.

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