BRADENTON, Fla. - The Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority board today will consider increasing tolls in central Florida to protect its bond ratings, bolster debt service coverage, and allow the agency to issue more debt later this year.

The agency is currently complying with required bond debt-service ratios, which are projected to be 1.23 times in fiscal 2010 and 1.36 times in fiscal 2013 without a toll increase, according to Expressway Authority spokeswoman Lindsay Hodges.

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