Published: Oct 08, 2013 6:50 PM EDT
Updated: Oct 09, 2013 6:08 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- "I think 50 cents a month is kind of unnecessary. I already pay them for the discount program you know."

Cape Coral driver AJ Schaffer may think paying more money to Lee County is unnecessary, but starting next month ... it will be mandatory. Drivers with a Lee Way pass account will be charged 50 cents extra a month in maintenance fees ... that adds up to $6 more a year.

"I'd like to see the total at the end of the year to see where it's going and what it's actually doing for the community," said Cape Coral resident Michael Washington.

The new fee will pay for the cost of maintaining the toll service centers, which costs $2 million to run. And with 64,000 active lee way users, the county expects to take in around $384,000 to offset costs.

"Doesn't bother me too much. 50 cents isn't that much money and I think I save money with the lee way pass, so it doesn't really bother me," said Toni McLoughlin, who just moved to the Fort Myers area, and set up her LeeWay account.

That fee will be charged to your account as long as it's considered active...even if you never use the bridges. Also mentioned on the card: you will need to replace your battery transponder by the end of May 2014.

A sticker will cost you $9.43. The hard case... $31.18.