Taxes for road repair

Published: Wednesday, January 22, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 21, 2003 at 11:16 p.m.

It seems that our county commissioners would like to raise the gas tax up to five cents per gallon. It's the same old story - our roads are in bad shape and need to be repaired.

This time, as always, they are saying the increase would be used for road repair, bike lanes and mass transit. But the only area mentioned for mass transit is the southeast side.

What happened to the other three sides of the county?

If the county had in years past used the gas tax for road repairs, there wouldn't be a problem now. After 30 years, I now see that the county is doing road repair on C.R. 241N. This is so that bike lanes can be added to the road.

If the present county commissioners would treat the county residents right, they would make the following statement: We will only use the gas tax for road repairs, bike lanes and mass transit.

It seems that when the county gets into trouble, the only word commissioners know how to speak is "taxes." But they don't stop and consider that the they can only get into the residents' pockets so many times before the pockets are bone dry.

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