April 22, 2011
We all know how the rising cost of gasolene
effects our driving habits. But you can also prepare yourself for more potholes and unpaved roads in the future if
the cost of crude oil continues to climb. . . Jeff Wilkins with the Wenatchee Valley Transportation Council says
the situation here could be even more severe due to skyrocketing asphalt costs. In a presentation before the
Chelan County Port District Commission yesterday Wilkins reported that funding generated by the State’s 37 and a
half cent gas tax is not keeping pace with the cost of asphalt. In 1995 a ton of hot-mix asphalt sold for 28
dollars. The cost jumped to 65 dollars last year. . .
Wilkins says the State’s gas tax would have to be
increased by 25 cents a gallon just to keep up with the current cost of crude. . .
The transportation funding
crisis could lead to more local option taxes such as increased car license fees which is being considered in
Douglas County. Wilkins says pursuing local or regional taxes could address at least the highest priority needs.