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Paying More at the Pump to Improve Our Roads? It's a Possibility
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on February 15, 2013 @ 11:32AM
Created on February 14, 2013 @ 11:25PM
 
How would you feel about paying anywhere from one penny to five cents every time you fill up at the pump, on top of what you already pay? That's an idea proposed by one lawmaker Thursday to get our roads fixed.
 
A lot of people complain about how bad our infrastructure is. Fourty four groups met for Transportation Day Thursday in our state's capitol. They rallied in support of making a better plan to rebuild our roads to benefit economic development and transportation safety.
 
Senate President Jeffrey Kessler said he thinks Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has convinced the Blue Ribbon Commission to take a comprehensive look at the situation. He said it all comes down to one thing -- money.
 
He understands the "T" word is a sensitive one for Tomblin but he said we shouldn't be scared of a tax that would be worth it. Kessler suggested a small fee each time we hit the pump is worth it instead of having to get an alignment every six months. Three ways to possibly pay for the repairs include a fuel tax, a user fee tax and allocation of general revenue money. Either way, this is a huge issue that needs a steady reliable source of cash.
 
"I don't think folks and most citizens and constituents mind, truthfully, paying a little money for their roads but they want them to be fixed. At the end of the day our entire economy, our infrastructure and our future opportunities for growth really depend upon having a safe transportation highway system," said Kessler.
 
"A penny a gallon as long as it's allocated to the roads would work. I live in Fairmont, I pay a city tax for taking care of the Fairmont highways and it's working in Fairmont. It's just $2.00 a paycheck and it's working. The roads are much better, the pot holes are gone and it can work for the state," said Richard Cook of Clarksburg.
 
While 5 News did talk to a few people who are for the tax, a majority of people said "no way." When we asked why, a simple point to the current price answered our question.

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Comments (4)
Feb 15, 2013 at 12:25 PM
Not at all surprised. Governor is a democrat isn't he? And Obama and democrats 5 years ago stated they thought we AMericans SHOULD be paying around 8 or 10 dollars per gallon. STOP voting for these idiots.
Feb 15, 2013 at 12:24 PM
Yet our Governor will vote himself and others a big fat payraise eh? Then tell us he needs to raise taxes on the rest of us. Don't spit on us and tell us it's raining Governor. No current democrat gets my vote next election. I voted for them once; count me out next time around. Enough is enough. People can't pay more taxes. Cut your foolish spending and stop your payraises. Fed up this time. No votes for you.
Feb 15, 2013 at 12:22 PM
How about telling us where the taxes from gasoline are going now? Taxpayers would like to know! No way am I voting for Manchin, or any of these hypocrite democrats come next election. They say one thing; do another and their answer to every problem? Not cutting out their own spending on unnecessary things, but to "raise taxes" on the already unemployed, underworking poor. It's way past time to rid ourselves of all these 'tax & spend' democrats!
Feb 15, 2013 at 7:34 AM
Where is our tax money going now?

Our gas is already taxed by the state, most gas pumps have a little sticker showing you just how much it's taxed. Unlike some states, we have to pay personal property tax ANNUALLY on our vehicles when we pay our taxes on our homes and land. We also pay for the inspection stickers and license plate registration stickers every year. If they are really using every penny of that money on the highways and related things but they still need more then there is a problem somewhere. I admit that the city of Clarksburg could probably benefit from doing something like Fairmont does, because the streets are bad and I know the city is responsible for the expense of maintaining them. But what about the state owned highways? As a local example, Rt. 19 from Shinnston to Clarksburg is a disaster most years. I've heard war veterans say it reminds them of the roads in Afghanistan after a mortar attack. And no, I would not rather pay a few more cents at the pump than pay for an alignment every six months because we shouldn't have to pay for alignments every six months anyway. That statement is absolutely ridiculous, as if it's our fault as taxpayers that the state doesn't prioritize their spending. I think WV residents pay a reasonable amount of taxes as it is, considering the limited job availability, the limited shopping and entertainment availability, and everything else that factors into the economy. I'm sure every state wastes some tax dollars, but some states have them to waste and we don't so our representatives need to consider that when they create their budgets. Live within your means, we do it so our state government should have to do it as well.
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