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Causeway commission approves budget

3 years 9 months 1 week ago August 08, 2013 Aug 8, 2013 Thursday, August 08 2013 August 08, 2013 7:41 AM in News
Source: Associated Press

METAIRIE - The Lake Pontchartrain Causeway is predicting a slight decrease in toll revenue for the fiscal year beginning Nov. 1.

That's according to a $21.7 million budget approved Wednesday by the bridge commission.

Tolls are projected to bring in $15.9 million during the next fiscal year, a decrease of about 1 percent from the current year.

Bridge General Manager Carlton Dufrechou said that while bridge traffic has returned to pre-Hurricane Katrina levels, the revenue has been jogging slightly up and down in recent years.

The Times-Picayune reports the largest expenses are payroll and benefits at 28 percent of the budget, and debt service, which is 21 percent of the budget.

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