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kimberleyamiller Feb 21, 3:19 p.m.
The statement that "The gas tax, which is capped at 37.5 cents per gallon through June" is just bogus!! When I got gas Tuesday and paid $3.60 per gallon it plainly stated on a sticker at the gas tank that we pay 57.55 cents tax per gallon of that 39.15 is NC Tax and 18.4 is Fed. And they are trying to say that they can't fund these projects because they aren't generating enough revenue? Come on now.
glarg Feb 21, 2:26 p.m.
"an increasing number of hybrids and electric vehicles"
Not buying it.
There have been 14K Volts sold nationwide. That would show up as a rounding error.
I would think that supply and demand is more of an issue. As gas prices goes up, people try to drive less, resulting less gas being purchased and taxed.
Nancy Feb 21, 1:50 p.m.
"The whole point is that revenue for gas tax (and hence the amount people are paying) has fallen over the years as gas mileage has improved..."
except, the method used for taxes on a gallon of gas in NC is based on .... the price of gas. It goes up twice a year, that more than has compensated for higher mpg cars.
Then again, if the fund had not been raided routinely for other things for so many years, projects might actually have been completed on time and at lesser expense.
Grand Union Feb 21, 12:48 p.m.
"So no matter how much you save, and scarifice to keep a little bit of money, they're gonna find a way to get it."
Birth Death and taxes, pay unto Caesar what is due unto Caesar....etc
Taxes is what stops us being Somalia, Civilization isn't free.
Grand Union Feb 21, 12:45 p.m.
"We are fast approaching the point that we can't levy any more taxes because people are stretched to the limit. It's almost as if our state legislators hope gas prices continue to climb, which will limit gas consumption, which will increase pressure for them to levy even more taxes."
The whole point is that revenue for gas tax (and hence the amount people are paying) has fallen over the years as gas mileage has improved.....simple and logical answer is simply to raise the gas tax so the it again brings in the required amount. That way every one that uses the roads pays for their use (apart from a few volt drivers and if that drives more folks to electric cars then so much the better)
Bendal1 Feb 21, 12:05 p.m.
Subdivision streets get so little traffic on them, and hardly any heavy trucks (which tear up roads thousands of times faster than cars), that they often need little maintenance for decades.
The same can't be said for rural roads, which allow heavy trucks to drive on them, bridges wash out or wear out, need widening or shoulder upgrades, and the occasional resurfacing. Right now the urban areas get the lion's share of funding anyway; look at Division 5 (which includes Wake and Durham Counties plus the counties north of them). The money is concentrated in Wake/Durham with very little going to anything else except interstate and major routes like the Wake Forest Bypass. Very rural counties get little to no funding now for their road needs.
tayled Feb 21, 11:22 a.m.
How about this. Whenever there is an accident, under normal weather circumstances, there is almost always someone at fault. Why don't we assess an impact fee to the driver who is at fault in the wreck, over and above the insurance they will pay, for repairs associated with the wreck? Say, if a driver causes an accident that causes the DOT to have to make repairs to the roadway, why should they not have to pay for it? When I was growing up, if you broke it, you bought it, or at least paid for the damages.
Nancy Feb 21, 11:06 a.m.
"The street in our small subdivision is over 30 years old and has never been resurfaced."
My guess is those roads do not belong to the state but rather the county you live in, especially if you live in Wake. Subdivision roads are taken over by the county once they meet the county standards after the subdivision is built.
superman Feb 21, 10:52 a.m.
The street in our small subdivision is over 30 years old and has never been resurfaced. How about making more roads toll roads. Let the people who use the roads pay for them. Why should I pay for a new road in Charlotte when my street has dozens of pot holes and asphalt unheavals?
Rebelyell55 Feb 21, 9:56 a.m.
So no matter how much you save, and scarifice to keep a little bit of money, they're gonna find a way to get it.
jeffdewitt Feb 21, 9:44 a.m.
Imatthews, gas taxes are what pay for our roads, drivers of vehicles that use little or no gas aren't paying their share to support the roads they drive on.
cjw6105 Feb 21, 9:43 a.m.
By all means, please filler 'er up with more taxes! Then, put a device on our automobiles to see how far we've driven, then tax us for each of those miles (rounding up to the nearest mile). And after we can no longer afford to keep our older vehicles because of the climbing price of gas at the pumps, when we try to purchase a newer vehicle, please hit us with more taxes as noted above.
I suggest that the NCDOT quit building any more freeways in the Triangle area, which we know are being built not to move traffic but to spur development (and the tax base). We've got a loop around a loop in Wake County, which is supposedly going to be paid for by tolls, although that might take a thousand years.
We are fast approaching the point that we can't levy any more taxes because people are stretched to the limit. It's almost as if our state legislators hope gas prices continue to climb, which will limit gas consumption, which will increase pressure for them to levy even more taxes.
lmatthews1948 Feb 21, 6:56 a.m.
Neal Hunt R-Wake Co indicates we might need to follow the example of Virginia. One of the proposals from VA is to tax hybrid and electric cars at a fee of $100. per year. Yes, these savvy drivers from VA are using too little gas so the General Assembly wants them to pay more. Conserve on gas and it will cost you.
No, Mr Hunt, we do not need to emulate VA.
lolly Feb 21, 5:49 a.m.
The N.C. Department of Transportation has an annual operating budget of nearly $5 billion.
According to the tax foundation, NC ranks number 6 for high gas taxes. Only NY, California, Hawaii, Minnesota & Michigan payer higher gas taxes than NC.
Here is DOT's plan for spending the funds:
1 Focus investment on multimodal facilities of Statewide importance
2 Work with regional planning partners to increase flexibility and responsiveness
3 Reward entities that better integrate land use and transportation planning
4 Expedite project development and delivery through improved efficiency and flexibility
5 Strengthen planning processes to recognize North Carolina’s diversity
6 Maximize economic opportunity and job creation via improved freight initiatives
Oh, give me a break.
oleguy Feb 21, 5:45 a.m.
No Money, No roads, simple,, The democrats raided the dot money for years,,,
carolinafan Feb 21, 1:51 a.m.
Maybe they need to re-evaluate the road projects...just because a road has been planned for many years ago doesn't mean it still needs to be built. For example, the road being built on 321 before you get into Lenoir in Caldwell County. This road is not needed now because most or all the furniture factories have closed and that is the reason is was being built. I have heard the road is costing the tax payers either 20 million or 40 million but whatever it is, it is a waste of money! Another road to nowhere!!!
jeffdewitt Feb 21, 1:44 a.m.
One thing that would help is to make sure all the gas tax money actually goes to roads where it belongs instead of siphoning some of it off for buses and silly things like bike trails.
ConservativeVoter Feb 20, 11:44 p.m.
They need to eliminate the distribution model that sends more money per taxpayer to rural counties.
We have spent a fortune on needless 4 lane roads to nowhere down east while the southern half of the I-540 loop had to be a toll road to get it built in less than 25 years.
I-295 in Fayetteville receives more than it's fair share of funding compared to Charlotte, Raleigh, and Greensboro.
pipcolt Feb 20, 10:51 p.m.
Want More money to use elsewhere get rid of the most expensive highway in the state. Go to nothing but 4wheel drives on the outer banks. That place is nothing but a money pit that will never get better.
beaupeep Feb 20, 8:29 p.m.
I wish that even began to make sense, jlp.
Published: 2007-10-05 09:38:00
Updated: 2014-06-24 16:03:36