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Proposed tax would increase Decatur gas prices

A Decatur councilman is proposing a gas tax increase to pay for road improvements. Right now the city’s gas tax goes to a more general fund. This tax is specific to infrastructure and roads. Councilman Chuck Ard told WAAY31 a penny increase could generate about $300,000 a year for roads, almost double the current $400,000 budget.

Posted: Aug. 17, 2018 4:31 PM
Updated: Aug. 20, 2018 10:22 AM

Decatur’s possible new gas tax is already creating cracks and splits like the ones you see on city streets. Although opinions split on the tax, everyone WAAY31 spoke to agreed Decatur needs better roads.

"We constantly need road repair," said Winston Angram who has lived in Decatur for 20 years.

The gas tax proposed could mean anywhere from 1 to 3 cent increase at the pump.

The councilman who proposed it told WAAY31 he wants public opinion first before moving forward. "They need to fix the roads but in my mind whats happening to the other tax money that is supposed to be going to the roads," said Chase Angram. He Continues, "I have to know where that money is going before I'm okay with putting more money into their pockets."

Councilman Chuck Ard told me this new tax would be specific to roads and infrastructure. He plans to make that very clear before going forward.

Chase Aldridge hopes better roads save everyone money in the long run. "If I'm going over pot holes its going to tear my car up. If the roads are better it'll make my car last longer and hopefully prevent some accidents."

Councilman Ard told WAAY if the public says no to this tax increase there is no plan B to increase the budget. The public hearing is set to take place August 28th, 6pm at the Turner-Surles Community Center in Decatur.

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