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A Wheel Tax - For or Against?Posted Tuesday, September 11, 2012, at 5:46 PM
The discussion of a wheel tax has been a hot topic for the past few days and I have heard support and opposition of such a tax. I know our teachers have a hard job and the average salary for Bedford County teachers is below that of surrounding counties. Also anyone who takes a drive in any direction will quickly agree that we have many miles of roads that are in dire need of repair.
I'm just not sure if a wheel tax is the best answer. Seems we are bombarded with taxes as it is and the ones that are in place seem to be continually on the rise. Some people struggle to put gas in their car to make it to work each week and the $24 it cost now to renew tags is sometimes hard to come by. Adding $25-$30 to the renewal is only adding to their burden, and if a wheel tax is put in place how soon before there is talk of raising it because more money is needed? Ask anyone that lives a county with a wheel tax how many times it has been raised in a short period of time since first being implemented.
One point that has been made is that a wheel tax will spread the burden and not cause a rise in property taxes but who can say that if and when a wheel tax is in place that talk to raise property taxes would not take place shortly after?
I'd like to know what all of you think, please share your thoughts on this matter.
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Rodney Simmons is a life long resident of Bedford County. He grew up in the Halls Mill area and graduated from Community High School. Rodney's career has primarily been in the construction industry and he holds a degree in Construction Management. Some of his hobbies include fishing, reading and writing.