Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Letters to the Editor

January 16, 2014

Higher taxes for fewer W.Va. residents

— — Well let’s start out 2014 with higher gas taxes. They use the same old excuse: The new tax is for better roads, but the roads are getting worse. I live on a secondary road and have complained about the bad turns and narrow conditions. I guess it’s going to take someone getting hurt; and, God have mercy, let’s hope its not a busload of kids.

But still yet they raise gasoline prices to fix the roads, and nothing gets done — we’re only to be told we don’t have the funds.

Two things I saw in the Bluefield Daily Telegraph on New Year’s Day included raise the gas prices and that the population in West Virginia was dropping. But maybe I shouldn’t complain — at least I can go across the state line and buy my gas, groceries and other items, which I do.

Please answer my question: Why is West Virginia so much higher on taxes than Virginia? With the higher taxes on gas maybe, just maybe, we’ll get the roads fixed.

Thanks for letting me give my opinion. Let’s hope there’s enough people in West Virginia to pay for their tax increase.

Ron Bailey

Rock

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