Gas tax goes into effect Wednesday

12 cents a gallon per car and 20 cents a gallon for diesel

Fresno, Calif. - Tuesday is the last day to fill up before the gas tax kicks in to fix roads and highways.

Starting Wednesday a charge of 12 cents per gallon extra and 20 cents per gallon for diesel fuel will be added to the tab.

Local Assemblyman Jim Patterson is upset with Sacramento lawmakers who voted for Senate Bill One.

The Assemblyman says the left keeps finding new ways to hurt the American people with more and more taxes and this this gas tax is just one example of many.

"This is an absolute unnecessary tax," says Patterson.

Patterson says tax payers have already paid billions for road repairs through excise taxes, sales taxes and cap and trade taxes.

"It is the height of deceit for those in charge of the state of California to say well we're going to fix your roads as long as you give us a $52-billion tax increase. Well thanks for nothing," says Patterson.

The Road Repair and Accountability Act is expected to raise $5.2-billion a year.

To do it, gas will go up 12 cents a gallon and 20 cents for diesels. Also car registration and electric car fees are going up.

"There is going to be a significant amount of money to improve our streets and highways," says Tony Boren, Executive Director fo the Fresno Council of Governments.

Boren says hundreds of millions of dollars is coming to the Valley to fix roads.

"There's a North Avenue overlay between Elm and Fig Avenue, a Clinton Avenue overlay between Blackstone and Maroa," says Boren, who named nearly ten projects set in stone in Fresno area.

President of the Fresno County Democratic Party says he understands no one wants to pay at the pump but it's a necessary evil.

"It's kind of like when your car breaks down or your heater isn't working, sometimes you just have to bite the bullet and get it fixed," says Michael Evans, President.  

Patterson says lawmakers who voted for this will pay for it later.

"Not just at the pump along with the rest of us, but I think they will also pay for it at the ballot box," says Patterson.

There is currently a petition to repeal the gas tax, it needs more than 350,000 signatures to make it to the November 2018 ballot.

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