TAKE A STAND: SC Gas Tax Hike?

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - It's no secret South Carolina has one of the lowest gasoline taxes in the nation.

We won't call it cheap gas, maybe cheaper. Drivers have been known to cross the state line into our state to pay less at the pump.

But some have argued for years the price of cheaper gas is bad roads. The South Carolina House has passed a bill to increase the state's gas tax and other driving fees to raise about $600 million a year to repair roads and bridges.

If approved by the Senate, the state gas tax would increase by two-cents-per-gallon each year for the next five years. That means ultimately a 10-cent-a-gallon tax increase, costing the average driver $60 extra dollars a year.

Before we start raising taxes, let's make sure we know how our current tax dollars are being spent.

Right now, drivers in South Carolina are paying 16 cents per gallon, but less than half of that current gasoline tax goes to fixing our roads and bridges.

That's outrageous.

If the current tax is designed to pay for road and bridge repair, every penny should be accounted for. Gov. Henry McMaster is right. Let the Department of Transportation keep all of the current gas tax so the agency can do its job, instead of adding to the burden of the South Carolina taxpayer.

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