The Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority last Thursday increased tolls in central Florida for the first time in nearly nine years. The base toll will increase 25 cents beginning April 5 with future increases every five years based on the consumer price index.

The agency currently is experiencing a drop in revenue of more than 8% from last year, and officials were seeking the toll increase largely out of concern for future debt service coverage and the ability to issue more debt.

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