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Md. Lawmakers Propose Gas Tax Option at Local Level

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SALISBURY, Md.- If you live in Maryland and want to see your roads and streets fixed, there could be a possible solution to that if lawmakers get their way. A proposal would give cities and counties the option of implementing their own gas tax up to 2 percent to help with local transportation projects. 

On Thursday, some people in Wicomico County told WBOC that taxes are already high enough as it is, in addition to the high gas prices, so tacking on more taxes would hurt their pocket.

Some other people said they do not mind paying an extra tax on local gas if that means a positive impact on their community's road projects.  

Vincent Thompson said he cringes every time he hears the need for more taxes to improve transportation needs in the state. 

"Enough is enough use the money you already have to implement the roadways," Thompson said. "The taxes have been increasing throughout the years and nothing has been done or implemented in the last two years on the roadways throughout Salisbury that I have seen."

The proposed bill is an idea that Salisbury City Councilwoman Laura Mitchell said she is undecided on, but said that it is worth a closer look.

"It's a touchy situation but I suspect that there would be more support for a local tax that they(people) knew the money was going to stay and improve the roads they we're driving on with the gas they were buying," Mitchell said.

Some supporters who agree with the proposal said to tax locally so that revenue generated gets to stay local. 

"We got a lot of bridges that need work on we have a lot of roads that need work on and different construction around here so I would like to see that money go to that," said Ricky Sanabria Sr.

"I'm kinda tired of seeing the money that you are putting in go to other places or you don't see your streets getting fixed," said Shaela Queen. "But as long as it is staying here and will be used for the good of the people who actually live here then I have no problem paying extra tax."

Right now it is too soon to tell if the measure will change or if it will make it out of committee. 

Mitchell said the local gas tax proposal has not had a hearing in the state Senate yet.

She said the Maryland Municipal League has also not taken a position on this proposal.

 

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