Future road improvements could cost you at the pump

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A South Carolina organization is seeking to raise the tax on gasoline in order to repair roads throughout the state.

The South Carolina Alliance to Fix Our Roads would like to raise $50 billion over the next 20 years to fund road construction and repairs. To get the money for the repairs, they are proposing a raise in the state's gas tax.

The state now has one of the lowest gas taxes in the country, coming in at $0.16 per gallon. That money is used to maintain the 63% of roads in South Carolina owned by the state.

The tax has not increased in 25 years.

A number of motorists seem torn on the topic. While road improvements are needed throughout the state, paying more at the pump is a tough pill to swallow.

"I really want the road improvements. A penny or two probably isn't going to affect a lot of people, but I'd rather keep the prices down," said Jody Thomas-Hackney, who travels for work.

"It's better for the economy to fix the roads. I'm all for paying more taxes," said Casey Frank, a motorist. "I'm mostly driving my company truck right now. I really don't pay for the gas but it will go to a good cause. The roads out here are pretty bad."

According to the South Carolina Department of Transportation, nearly one-third of South Carolina's primary and interstate highways, along with half of the secondary roadways, are in poor or mediocre condition.

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