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|02-26-2008, 02:50 AM||#1|
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Saved on Amendment one, here comes the other taxes
<P class=story_copy><SPAN id=text2><P class=story_copy><P class=story_copy>ESCAMBIA COUNTY -- Drivers are feeling a big pinch at the pump.
Prices jumped 16 cents a gallon in the last two weeks.
Now, Florida is looking at equalizing what people pay for fuel around the state... increasing it to eleven cents on every gallon pumped.
Right now... drivers pay a seven cent tax on each gallon pumped in Escambia and Okaloosa Counites.
Six cents a gallon in Santa Rosa County.
For the average person who fills up every two weeks, that means about five bucks more a month.
Florida lawmakers are promising a return on your investment... saying the extra money will pave the way for better roads.
A proposal by the Taxation Reform Commission would set the county rate at 11 cents statewide.
That would shift much of the burden for local road improvements to the counties.
Gregory Threadgill, President of T-Gill Fuels, Incorporated, says, "That will allow them to pick up the slack for the counties that haven't increased their gas tax so that they're not allocating money unfairly to each county."
The new plan would provide money to improve local roadways, but drivers we spoke to say they're not willing to pay up.
Ashley Gaines says, "That would be more money out the pocket and have to pay more to put more in your tank. So I'd rather have better roads, but not pay more for gas."
Pat Knight lives in Escambia County.
She says, "I think the last time they gave us that same story and it's just, it doesn't seem to be used for what it's said to be used for. So no. Government period has a lot to prove to me."
Florida voters will ultimately have the final say.
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