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Letter: Enough with the taxes already

Posted: March 12, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: March 12, 2013 2:00 a.m.

The California Board of Equalization has just approved a 9.7 percent increase in the excise tax on gasoline, raising the total excise tax to 39.5 cents per gallon. This added to all the other taxes on gasoline sales will have us paying over 70 cents per gallon in tax. On top of this we pay license fees on our vehicles which are a tax as well and like many people I thought all of this money was for roads.

The roads in California are crumbling by the day and now the state wants to charge us for using car pool lanes on the I-5. To pay to use the car-pool lanes is another tax for the privilege of driving to and from the Santa Clarita Valley. When is it going to stop; when is “Sacramento” going to stop bilking us out of our hard earned money? This tax increase is punitive to say the least since we have already paid for our roads and freeways over and over. Instead of using gasoline taxes for road construction and maintenance “Sacramento” has siphoned it off for feel-good projects and exorbitant salaries for career politicians who bounce from one paying job to another as they get termed out.

I hope the people of the Santa Clarita Valley raise their voices in opposition to this “highway robbery” and let the politicians know: enough is enough; you got one shot at our wallets and that is it.




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