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Hernando County commissioners showed no backbone on gas tax idea

Idea of gas tax boost dropped too quickly | C.T. Bowen column, May 31

Three extra cents hardly a burden

Mr. Bowen writes very graciously of Commissioners Davis Russell, Jeff Stabins and Jim Adkins. The dismissal of any discussion on such an increase in a 3-cent gas sales tax as described by Mr. Russell was as if the burden of this tax will be devastating to the public.

As I watched the broadcast at the Hernando County government site, they spoke as if it is okay for ExxonMobil and OPEC to continually reap the rewards of price increases where none of those dollars come back to Hernando. They spoke of the federal government taxes on gas as if they, too, are evil. It is precisely those taxes that provide efficient major road systems and maintenance that result in the public receiving a direct benefit.

We all know that their dismissal was political in all respects to protect Mr. Russell's re-election in 2010. As County Administrator David Hamilton attempts to cut a now-estimated $11 million in expenses from the county budget, the Board of County Commissioners does not have the political will to help him bridge these gaps. Their self-serving interests, confirmed by their discussions of changing impact fee payments not too long ago, show where their loyalties are instead of serving the public.

Let us put things in perspective. A 3-cent-per-gallon increase in gas tax will add 4.5 cents per day to your expenses if you drive 30 miles a day and get 20 miles to the gallon in your auto. This equates to $16.42 a year to your gas bill based on 365 days. I can guarantee that these commissioners don't really understand the impact or if they do are again just playing politics.

Where are their backbones? To Mr. Russell, Mr. Stabins and Mr. Adkins, it's just another deception. We need leadership that will provide the public with the truth and present the data that will certainly result in a positive public opinion.

Vito J. Delgorio Sr., Spring Hill

Kids, there are consequences

I may be butting in on the issue of the children's misbehavior at Hernando High, but I have always thought people who deface other's property should be the ones to clean or replace it with their own funds and elbow grease. Why should tax money be used?

Many young people do things they think are funny, but sometimes it is not. There are times when good kids do dumb things. It's good to embarrass them and even put their faces in the newspaper. Maybe that is not so nice for the parents, but better than the Colonial days when people were in the stockades and people threw tomatoes at them.

Also, it's better than being given a criminal record. Why give these people a reason not to appreciate authority and not to know the reasons they are facing consequences for the actions they chose?

I am the oldest of 10 children, and we had strict and loving parents. We were given the thought that whatever action taken there is a consequence, good or bad. So think twice about what's ahead. Our daughter and her friends said we were too strict, but she tuned out to be a beautiful person and contribution to society.

Mrs. Wallis French, Spring Hill

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Hernando County commissioners showed no backbone on gas tax idea 06/01/09 [Last modified: Monday, June 1, 2009 5:36pm]
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