In April, the MPO's advisory council proposed six revenue sources: index all fuel taxes not currently indexed to the Consumer Price Index; approve a one-cent sales tax option that municipalities could impose with a referendum rather than depending on county-wide referendums; increase fuel taxes by two cents a year for five years; study a user fee based on how many miles a vehicle travels,; impose a five-cent local diesel tax; and return motor vehicle license, registration and title fee increases to the state transportation funds.
"It's up to the Legislature," Howe [Michael P. Howe, executive director of the Sarasota/Manatee MPO, one of 26 such agencies statewide] said. "No one wants more taxes. I understand the legislature's trepidation."Got that? No one wants more taxes, yet the MPO's proposed 6 new taxes.
This is a classic example of the media buddying up to the powers and crony organizations and ignoring you.
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