Gas tax repeal makes the ballot


A trip to the gas station isn’t too much fun these days.
According to, the average price is $3.65 a gallon in Fresno.
And not helping that is a 12-cent per gallon tax to fund transportation projects.
But if voters choose this November, that tax will disappear.

“Well I think it’s a shame that we the voters have to overturn something the legislators, who are supposed to be working for us, did that nobody wanted,” said Steven Sherman as he filled up his gas tank.  “So I think it’s a wonderful thing that it made the ballot.”  

The Secretary of State said a gas tax repeal measure has collected enough valid signatures to make it onto the November ballot.
Many, like Sherman, are celebrating.
But others like Ari Migvale, who was filling up nearby, says repealing the tax could be a big mistake.

“There’s always two sides to the coin,” said Migvale.  “Maybe I don’t want to pay extra, but in the long run, maybe we’ll be helping out our children.”     

CalTrans says if voters repeal the gas tax, local highway projects would be in jeopardy.
At risk: a $100 million dollar improvement of Highway 99 between Selma and Fowler.
Also, $36 million dollars to replace the Cotton Creek Bridge and Avenue 12 Overcrossing in Madera County.

“These are the kinds of scare tactics the Governor has used to raise every tax he has used.”

Fresno Assemblyman Jim Patterson (R- Fresno) has been critical of the tax since it’s inception.  He says California is setting aside billions of dollars in new savings accounts, instead of spending those billions on the roads.
He thinks voters will repeal the tax on Election Day.

“There’s plenty of money to fix the roads,” says Patterson.  “And I think people in California want to make sure the Governor and legislature gets it.  They don’t want to pay these increased taxes.” 

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