by Hunter Davis
June 13, 2004
Another possible tax, in a similar way of thinking, is an increase in local taxes on gasoline. Just gasoline. If we want funding for a bus line, let the single drivers (I, among them), who voluntarily drive into town in cars that never reach efficient operating temperature, pay more taxes. Then we will see how important a working Borough-wide bus system can be. Europe has been paying in dollar multiples for years and has some truly excellent public transit, subsidized by single drivers.
Lord help the individual who does not drive anymore, for whatever reason, and lives out at either end of the road.
While we are at it, why not an annual vehicle inspection for, say $9.00. Get a handle on the smoking engines, burnt out lights, rusted bodies, no mirrors, etc? Nine dollars times 12,000 is $108,000 dollars a year, minus $5.00 for the inspecting station, $48,000 a year. That covers a grant or two and keeps the roads a bit safer.
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