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Will Raising The Gas Tax In Texas Help Roads?
Updated: Monday, June 23 2014, 10:55 AM CDT
In addition to voting on the Urban Rail bond, Nov. 4, voters will decide on Proposition One. It is a constitutional amendment moving $1.4 billion from the state's rainy day fund to Texas Department of Transportation.
Texans pay 38.4 cents a gallon in gas tax. A nickel of that goes toward public education $.15 goes to state highways and 18.4 cents to the federal government.
"The demand is increasing for the use of roadway facilities, but the supply of cash has dwindled," said Mike Heiligenstein, with the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority.
Part of the reason it has dwindled is while the cost of everything else has risen, the gas tax hasn't changed in 22 years.
"Every session of the legislature, local gas tax option comes up, can a region on its own decide to tax itself, well that rollout hasn't been allowed to this point. Nobody wants to raise the gas tax so we have to find alternatives," said Heiligenstein.
Folks we spoke with said it might be worth it to pay more at the pump to improve the flow of traffic.