Jackson County does not move forward with gas tax

MARIANNA, Fla. (WTVY) “I can buy a cup of coffee cheaper than what the road tax would have meant per week,” says Jackson County Lloyd Sutterfield.

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But no one seconded a motion for a vote the gas tax proposed by Jackson County commissioners to support government infrastructure died.

“I thought that was the fairest way to do it because in that way everybody that uses county infrastructure particularly roads would share in the costs of maintaining those roads," says District I Commissioner Dr. Willie Spires.

The tax would have added 0.05 cents to the cost of a gallon of gas.

To put things into perspective, a person who usually fills up would have only seen about a $1 increase.

Commissioner Spires says the gas tax would have allowed more residents to pitch in as well as travelers.

"This is why I felt very strong about making the motion and trying to get enough support that we could implement this tax," says Spires.

Spires says right now property tax dollars are fueling funds for government costs.

All the people I know in Jackson County are hollering better roads, and this would have been a way that everybody that drove on these roads would have paid for them, says Sutterfield.

Some believe the gas tax would be fair and more effective.

“Over half the people in the county don't pay ad valorem tax and so that puts the responsibility on the rest of us,” says Sutterfield.

Others think that gas prices are already high enough.

I think it should stay lower. Yeah, I know there are a lot of things that need to be fixed and all that, but its more affordable for the people that traveling,” says Jackson County resident Stephen Mursley.

Commissioner Spires says he hopes opponents of the tax will reconsider.

If the gas tax had passed, funds would have been divided among eight Jackson County towns.