Lowcountry drivers say they're fine with gas tax if it means better roads
CHARLESTON COUNTY, S.C. (WCIV) —
Soon, you'll be paying more at the gas pump. July 1 will mark the beginning of the of a new gasoline sales tax in South Carolina. It’s the first increase since 1987.
The new gas tax is expected to foot the bill for our crumbling roads.
Drivers like Pierre Lecque said they’re ok with the tax increase.
“I don't mind it at all to be quite honest with you,” Lecque said Thursday.
Lecque says he's spent hundreds of dollars on car repairs from potholes.
“I have busted a tire on a pothole before,” Lecque says. “I did contact the county about it and of course I got my money back for the tire.”
He, like thousands of others, travels I-26 and I-526 daily. It's listed as one of the widening projects on the SCDOTs 10-year plan.
Kevin Profit hopes it will alleviate some of the congestion.
“Monday through Friday -- especially Fridays from like 3 to 6 p.m. -- it's bumper to bumper traffic,” Profit says.
Joseph Prather, a retiree living in the Goose Creek area, says he's willing to deal with the increase if it will rid the roads of crumbled gravel.
“We hit potholes every day we drive,” Prather says.
According to the SCDOT, South Carolina has the highest rural road fatality rate in the nation. With the new tax, a Rural Road Safety Program is being launched.
Prather said you can’t put a price tag on a life.
“What's two cents a gallon if you use 10 gallons a week?” Prather said. “It's nothing compared to what we need done on the roads.”
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