Friday, April 15, 2005

Gas tax bill may die

The Austin American-Statesman reported yesterday that the option for a local 3 or 4 cent gas tax, supported by Rep. Mike Krusee (R-Round Rock) and Rep. Mark Strama (D-Austin), may not receive enough support to move through the Lege this session. The bill proposes relieving some of the burden brought on drivers by proposed Central Texas toll roads.

Hrm, though I don't support "double-taxing" citizens, I don't understand the notion of taxing every driver on the road by raising gas prices. The reason why these citizens say they are up in arms is because they don't want to pay to drive to work everyday - but a measure like this would tax everyone, not just a small portion of society that drives along certain roads. It's a move in the wrong direction. But I guess that's why it's not going anywhere.

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At 10:05 AM, Blogger Kimberly said...

I think it's imminent that our gas tax dollars from the feds will do nothing more than pay for maintenance of current roads in Texas. At that point, we have to make some choices. If it is as they say, then it's either going to be tolls or taxes.

Because Austin is still building its initial loops around the city, taxes might be an option. We sat on our hands for 20 years and now growth and demand is catching up with us... as I realize every morning, driving down MoPac, thinking it feels a lot like the glory days of US 290 in Houston.

In a place like Houston or Dallas, tolls are probably better. We know the main arteries are built in Houston and Dallas and everything else is just icing on the cake... unless you are out in Katy (Houston) or Anna (Dallas) ... then you're miserable... but you probably need to start paying for the roads out to you anyway. That's the price of urban sprawl.

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