CHARLESTON, W.Va. - State officials expect less money from tolls but higher expenses on the West Virginia Turnpike in the budget year that starts July 1.
However, in a budget approved by the Parkways Authority Thursday, revenues still will outpace expenses in 2013-14.
"Overall, the budget is pretty much in line with what we've been seeing over the past few years," said Greg Barr, authority general manager.
The authority expects toll revenue to decrease by about $560,000, less than 1 percent of the $81.2 million it collected this year.
That's because fewer drivers are using the turnpike, and more drivers who do are using the E-Z Pass system, said Parrish French, director of finance for the authority.
E-Z Pass users receive a transponder that eliminates the need to stop at tollbooths. The device causes their E-Z Pass account to be charged instead.
The system saves both time and money. Many transponder users are charged $1.30 each time they pass through a toll plaza, while cash-paying motorists pay $2 per booth.