August 13, 2013
Leon County, FL - You could soon be paying more money for gas in Leon County.
Five of the seven Leon County Commissioners attended the Network of Entrepreneurs and Business Advocates or NEBA luncheon Tuesday.
All five of them say they support a nickle per gallon increase in the county gas tax.
Commissioners say because the current tax isn't producing enough revenue, they're dipping into property taxes to pay for road maintenance.
"We've got 70-thousand college students and a lot of the people on our roads in our town don't live here, they're from adjoining counties," said Leon County Commissioner Bryan Desloge. "Let's let the people who drive on the roads pay for the roads as opposed to the property owner," he said.
"It is an expense," said NEBA Board Member Ted Thomas. "People who are running 2 to 40 trucks got a big expense, it's a regressive tax," he said.
NEBA members voted on the tax after the commissioners spoke.
Half support it.
Half oppose it.