Augusta drivers react to transportation funding law, gas tax increase

Courtesy: MGN
By  | 

News 12 at 6 o'clock / May 10, 2015

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Governor Nathan deal has approved the transportation funding tax, meaning a number of changes for people in Georgia. One of those changes is a six-cent increase on a gallon of gas.

Steven Favors says part of living in Augusta is going to South Carolina to fill up the tank.

"I mean that's been a long standing tradition around here," said Favors.

A tradition, he says, that is likely to continue starting July 1, when the law takes effect.

"I mean you don't realize it daily, but if you add it up in a years time, you're talking about quite a bit of money," he said.

The money raised through this tax, along with a $200 fee for electric cars, and $5 per night, per hotel room, will fund bridge and road maintenance, something the governor has called a critical need.

Although Bobbi Joe Roberts is filling up on Washington road today, she says she will start going out of her way for cheaper gas when the tax starts before the major travel weekend.

"Everybody's going to go across the bridge," she said.

Some people say it won't change much now, but if the price of gas goes back up, drivers will notice.