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Border War Brewing Over San Francisco Toll Plan

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Cars drive drive along U.S. 101 in San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Cars drive drive along U.S. 101 in San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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REDWOOD CITY (KCBS / AP) — A border war is brewing that threatens to make the trip between San Francisco and San Mateo County very expensive.

Angry over a San Francisco proposal to impose a congestion toll, San Mateo County leaders are threatening to create their own toll if the city decides to charge motorists as much as $6 to cross its southern border during peak hours.

Several local San Mateo officials, including Assemblyman Jerry Hill, say they would support imposing their own toll to offset any economic losses caused by the San Francisco fee, estimated to generate up $80 million annually for the city. The officials told the San Mateo County Times that they hope the threat will convince the city to scrap the idea.

“We’re absolutely opposed to this nonsensical idea,” said Daly County City Council member David Cannepa.

KCBS’ Rebecca Corral Reports:

San Francisco supervisors were set to vote Tuesday on whether to continue studying the proposal. If approved by city and state leaders, the toll would take effect in 2015.

(© 2010 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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