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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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