Jacksonville City Council man Stephen Joost says he doesn't support extending the current gas tax.
It's a tax you may not realize you pay and it's coming out of your pocket every time you fill up at the pump. It's six cents and City Council President Bill Gulliford wants to extend it for twenty years. Joost tells WOKV he isn't sure that makes good financial sense.
"If you base the revenue on old projections and data we're going to come up woefully short."
Joost says he doesn't believe the numbers will add up because drivers are moving toward natural gas. He believes city council members should take into account more Hybrid cars on the road as well as several trucks and fleets that now use natural gas.
"There is no gas tax on natural gas, it's on diesel and gasoline."
City Council President Bill Gulliford is proposing a 20-year gas tax extension. According to our news partners at Action News he wants 5 cents to continue going to JTA but wants 1 penny to go toward the city for road and pedestrian projects. We reached out to Gulliford Thursday and are waiting to hear back. But it's a decision Joost says needs to be examined more closely and should not be rushed.
"Before I support any gas tax increase, I need to look at the revenue projections."