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Drivers worry how new gas tax will be used
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Kevin Crow

Motorists in Gainesville on Wednesday expressed mixed reactions to the new 26-cent-per-gallon state excise tax on gasoline, with some surprised to learn they’ll now be paying more at the pump.

The change in the state gas tax structure will contribute to an estimated $850 million or more in revenue for road and bridge projects across Georgia.

Jennifer Catalan

"If it was a dollar, then it would have an impact," said Jennifer Catalan, a medical assistant who commutes between Gainesville and Oakwood for work.

While the gas tax won’t hurt her financially, Catalan said she is concerned about the state’s ability to wisely spend the hundreds of millions of dollars it will raise for road and bridge projects.

"It all depends on how they use it," she added. "Nowadays, you don’t know where (tax dollars) are going."

Chris Mack

Commuting from the Buford/Suwanee area for work in Gainesville at United Parcel Service is already pricey for Chris Mack, though the cost has fallen recently as gas prices have dropped. But he wonders how long that will last.

"It’s still going to add up," he said of the new gas tax.

Mack added he’s particularly concerned about the impact the tax will have on lower-income individuals and families.

Kevin Crow

A main line repairman for Comcast, Kevin Crow travels a lot for work and said he understands the need to fund road improvements across the state – to an extent.

"Give ‘em a penny, they’ll take a dollar," he said.

While the need is great, Crow said, he believes there is an imbalance in the across-the-board application of the tax.

"It shouldn’t affect the customers that are using less on a daily basis," he said.

 

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