B.C. mayors contemplate raising hwy. tolls

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KELOWNA, B.C. — Mayors from several B.C. interior cities are considering increasing the toll on the Coquihalla Hwy. to help pay for a new bridge across Lake Okanagan at Kelowna.

The issue has sparked some controversy, as area mayors seem divided.

Kelowna Mayor, Walter Gray, was the one who proposed the idea and Vernon Mayor, Sean Harvey, was quick to get on-board. They say that the extra money raised cold go toward several highway improvements in the Okanagan, as well as the bridge.

Kamloops Mayor, Mel Rothenburger, however, disagrees. He calls the proposal "goofy" and insists that the toll should be removed altogether, not increased.

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