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County commission to discuss gas tax hike at next meeting

Reported by: Gerard Ramalho
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Updated: 7/16/2013 3:19 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- Gas prices have been on the rise lately but they may be going even higher.  

The county commission is scheduled to discuss a measure this week already approved by state lawmakers to raise the southern Nevada fuel tax in southern Nevada.

It's not official just yet but there is a lot of support for the measure and if County Commissioners decide to approve it, it means that year we could all be paying a lot more just to fill up the tank.

The Regional Transportation Commission says the funds are badly needed and would be used for projects like widening highways and restoring roads and intersections.

"It is truly a user fee and those people who are using the roads will pay more than those who are not," said Tina Quigley from the RTC commission.

If county commissioners give the go-ahead, motorists will experience a 3 cent increase, per gallon, per year.

The impact for average drivers would be about a dime a day. If you log more miles the impact would be greater.

"You know, you've got a lot of other expenses today,” said motorist Theresa Rounds. “I don't know what they're... No, that's ridiculous."

Motorists News 3 spoke with were unanimously against the idea but RTC officials say they've received positive feedback from corporations and contractors who are concerned about the infrastructure of southern Nevada.

The fuel tax increase according to the RTC would also allow them to issue bonds of about $700-million and create up to 10,000 jobs.

"This is money to not only continue building and maintaining what we have so that we can continue to service all that we are but to also help us grow as a region,” Quigley said.

Still for many individuals the bottom line in this post-recession economy is still the bottom-dollar.

Now, some will undoubtedly oppose the measure, saying it's an unnecessary drain on their finances but if it does pass the Commission, it will remain in effect until at least 2016.


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