PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) - The Portsmouth City Council voted Tuesday to appropriate $50,000 for the lawsuit filed against imposing tunnel tolls.
According to Dana Woodson with the City of Portsmouth, council voted 7-0 to approve the funds, which would be used to reimburse the Economic Development Authority's legal fees in fighting the tolls.
The tolls are set to take hold at the Downtown and Midtown tunnels next year and would cost drivers between $1.59 and $1.84 each time they drive through the tunnels.
Plaintiffs claim the Virginia Department of Transportation and Elizabeth River Crossings imposing tolls on drivers are not "genuine user fees, but are taxes" that an "unelected entity" (Elizabeth River Crossings) was not given permission to impose.
Gov. Bob McDonnell asked the Commonwealth Transportation Board to set aside $100 million to put the project off as a response to mounting pressure from the Hampton Roads community.
A man is facing attempted abduction charges after police said he tried to grab two juvenile girls and exposed himself.
A lawsuit has been filed on behalf of more than 2,000 EMTs and paramedics who were abruptly laid off over the weekend.
The Portsmouth City Council has set a public hearing for Tuesday, Dec. 17, to talk about a plan to bring a casino to the city.