Letter: What gas tax hike?
I was driving into Concord on July 3 and noted that the price of gas at the Epsom Circle Mobil station was $3.68.
“Ah, the 4-cent gas tax hike has gone into effect,” I thought to myself.
A few miles later, I saw gas at the Hess station for $3.63.
“Ah, the gas tax hike has been repealed,” I thought to myself.
At the Concord Hess station on Main Street, it had fallen further to $3.62.
No, it hadn’t been repealed. It’s just that the increase is so small that it is lost in the variation in the price of gas from day to day – even from station to station.
Some have gone ballistic about this 29 percent increase. (Statistically savvy citizens know that because the previous tax rate was so small – less than 20 cents per gallon – any increase looks large. Why, a penny increase would be more than 5 percent!!!)
Others, like me, applaud this modest, 22-years-in-the-making rise in revenue that will give the Department of Transportation more to spend on road repairs. Coincidentally, my return trip along Route 4 was much smoother, thanks to the repairs that had been made to replace the layer of asphalt that had been lost in many places.
As for the gas tax increase, I can save more that twice that amount (10 cents per gallon) using my smart card at Cumberland Farms. I encourage some of the whiners out there to do the same.