States siphon gas tax for other areas
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