By: Emily Johnson
January 2, 2014
Tallahassee, FL - Ester Cooksey of Leon County travels approximately ten miles across town to get to and from work. She said the new gas tax that went into effect Jan.1st in Leon County will affect the way she drives. "Yes it will because the increase in the amount per gallon will really cost me coming as far as I do going to and from work," said Cooksey.
The gas tax increased the price of gas in the county by five cents per gallon. This tax is expected to generate $4 million of revenue that would then be split in half. $2 million will go to the county and $2 million will go to the city of Tallahassee. "I'd like to have a transportation system that works for our community, and so for us to fund that we have to have a funding source that matches the use. In this case the gas tax is the most appropriate way to fund those," said Bryan Desloge, Leon County Commissioner District 4.
Along with improving the roads the gas tax will go toward improving the sidewalks and the city bus system.
Some residents said they've actually considered driving out of the county just to fill up their tank. "As much as possible, I mean anytime you raise taxes especially something like that. That just motivates me to just go well maybe I'm just not going to buy that," said James Smith, Leon County resident.