Update from the Georgia Legislator for 2015:
What I am hearing is a proposal that converts the sales tax on gasoline to a per-gallon excise tax based on the average price of gas in Georgia. Currently, drivers are paying 27 cents per gallon in taxes, and the new figure would be 29.2 cents. This is a "TAX INCREASES".
This new Excise Tax would allow local governments charge on gasoline purchases when their voters approved for special construction projects over limited time periods. Those taxes would continue to be collected until they expire as scheduled, and then cities, counties and school districts could impose new, per-gallon taxes as long as those funds are spent only on transport.
Our GOP lawmakers have pledged to the citizens "no tax increases!"
Yes, we need to levy a fee of $200 on cars fueled by electricity, propane or natural gas, and $300 on alternative-fuel fleet vehicles, that revenue should be intended for transit. The fee itself is fair, given that such vehicles don’t pay motor fuel taxes.
If the fuel sales taxes that help pay for local needs, including schools, are in effect usurped by the state, then those communities will have to make do with less, or find that funding some other way … such as additional local taxes.
We need our legislators to get rid of the “fraud, waste and abuse” in our government. I support spending money on transportation needs, but I oppose any tax increases to pay for transportation!
Thanks for reading... The Branch
About the author:
Tom Branch, Jr. is a freelance outdoor writer and prostaffer for Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World in Lawrenceville, GA. He retired as a Lieutenant/Paramedic/Firefighter with Gwinnett County Fire, GA after 29 years of service in 2013. He is currently a contracted employee with NAVICO/Lowrance working as the College Fishing Recruiter. He has been working in the Outdoor Industry for over 20 years. He and his beautiful wife, Kim live north of Atlanta near Braselton, GA with their lab Jake. They volunteer with Operation One Voice (501c3) (www.operationonevoice.org)