--- In firstname.lastname@example.org
, "chbuckeye" <coleridge3150@...>
> --- In email@example.com, "Jet Graphics"
> <Jetgraphics@> wrote:
> >the funding for most paved roads is derived from taxation on petroleum
> Not exactly, but close....
> The state and local governments followed a similar pattern to the
> federal government.
Arizona has a (pretty standard) 19.4 cents per gallon,
and no sales tax on gasoline.
Here in fast growing Maricopa county (Phoenix metro area) we already
have had a 0.5% general sales tax for years and years to fund highway
Now we are told this isn't enough, so a special interest group (with
the support of the governor)is pushing a plan for ballot initiative
that would add ANOTHER full percent to the general sales tax.
(this would cause sales tax in the city of Phoenix, for example, to be
9.3% -- among the highest sales tax in the nation).
The group (heavy construction companies and whatnot) backing this
proposal calls this a comprehensive transportation plan, including
bus, trains, etc. However, the large majority of the money is
earmarked for road construction.
The governor even cooked up a secret deal with home builder's lobby
(it leaked) for them to escape any sort of impact fees. (Sheesh, this
sounds like some sort of conspiracy theory -- but I'm not making this
stuff up!). The governor even stated flatly that this proposal (sales
taxes) is the "only way" to raise the money -- in other words, use tax
increases were for some reason impossible.