Council votes to extend gas tax until 2036

UPDATE: Jacksonville City Council voted to extend the gas tax to 2036. The measure will provide $100 million in road projects. The Florida Times-Union reports that most of the collected tax money will go towards JTA and 1 penny per gallon will fund road maintenance and bike a pedestrian projects.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A tax that has been around since the mid '80s is up for vote Tuesday night at City Hall to be extended again.

The 6 cent local option gas tax is set to expire in two years. The City Council is poised to extend the tax for another 20 years. Committees assigned to study the tax have signed off on the extension.

At the gas pumps various opinions on whether the tax should be extended.

"Gas prices already are outrageous you know," said Christina Pausche while pumping gas in Arlington.

"I think people need a break," said Robert Stone who says being on fixed income he can only afford a half tank of gas at a time.

The local option tax support JTA mass transit programs and road projects. The tax would also help support the Mayport Ferry.

The tax is projected to generate $28.6 million this year.


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