States siphon gas tax for other ar­eas

The Weekly Vista - - Opinion -

Gov­er­nor Hutchin­son un­veiled a $750 mil­lion trans­porta­tion pack­age. He em­pha­sized that the plan would not in­crease taxes. His spokesman, J.R. Davis, said there would be no ad­di­tional bur­den on tax­pay­ers by any means.

The sad thing is the politi­cians pass a tax, and when it works and starts to build up a sur­plus, they say, “Oh, look. We can put this in the gen­eral fund and spend it here and there.” Sad to say if this tax were to be used for our state in­fra­struc­ture and on a na­tional in­fra­struc­ture, we would have the best roads, bridges and rail sys­tems in the world. Once the money goes into the gen­eral fund, it never gets used for the pur­pose it was meant for. The politi­cians broke it.

Now they want to pass a new gas tax of 6.5 per­cent per gal­lon. Peo­ple, this is not cents per gal­lon, but a 6.5 per­cent­age per gal­lon. So ev­ery time the gas goes up, the tax goes up, too. We will have to pay a heck of a lot more for our gas tax if this bill goes through. Do they think we don’t un­der­stand the dif­fer­ence be­tween cents and per­cent­age?

I do think we could add 2 cents a gal­lon state tax to be used to main­tain and build our roads. But re­mem­ber, cents — not per­cent­age. This is like a day and night dif­fer­ence cost to us tax­pay­ers.

We need to be care­ful how they are go­ing to word and com­bine House Bill 1726 and House Bill 1727 to­gether. Bill 1726 is to sell bonds, and Bill 1727 is to raise the gas tax to 6.5 per­cent.

We the peo­ple need to say and vote “No” to House Bill 1727. Let your rep­re­sen­ta­tives know how you feel and to not vote for and pass House Bill 1727. Also, tell them to use all money from the gas tax for the pur­pose it was meant to be used. If we don’t speak up, they will do as they please, so let them know no per­cent­age to the gas tax.

Let’s not let them break us again.

Bill Di­et­man Bella Vista

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