CAPE CORAL, Fla.- Cape Coral city leaders want to make sure they get their fair share of money from the two toll bridges crossing the Caloosahatchee into the Cape. Right now, Lee County and the Cape split surplus funds from toll booths 60/40. But Cape Council members are now questioning the deal, and where your money should be spent.
Heading to Cape Coral, drivers dish out a $2 toll every time they use the Cape Coral or Midpoint Bridge. But Cape Councilmen are questioning how much of that money actually stays in their city.
"Somewhere along the line, suspicion became that the city wasn't getting enough of the toll revenue," Cape City Councilman Bill Deile said Tuesday.
According to data from city's auditor, over the past 13 years, the two toll bridges net close to $45 million dollars in revenue, after expenses. That left over $21 million surplus dollars for different road projects, and $2.8 million of that promised to the Cape. Their Transportation Committee plans to outline their information with Lee DOT, to make sure the dated deal still benefits both parties.
"We're using that as a way of trying to decide going forward, how to best to utilize that money and how each party to that agreement, us and the county, can feel that our needs are being adequately addressed," Deile said.
Cape Councilmen say the relationship with Lee DOT is civil, but the terms of the agreement could change.
"You can't rely on the other party to look after your best interest. You have to do that yourself," Deile said.
Cape Coral's Transportation Advisory committee plans to meet with Lee DOT on Thursday. Lee Department of Transportation says any change to the deal could significantly slow down ongoing road projects.