After reading the column by Ron Brinson regarding much needed funds for road repairs in our state, I felt the need to respond.
I agreed with his reasons for why it is important to find additional funds without taking away from schools, police, health care and other essential services.
We need to repair our existing roads which are dangerous and embarrassing, but we also need to be able to budget for new roads that are needed for our growing population.
I would add two additional points.
1) Any citizen who feels he would suffer a financial hardship by a 10- to 15-cent increase per gallon of gas has the opportunity to purchase one of the many new or used vehicles that offer fuel efficiency far greater than those of just a few years ago. This has proven to be the best way to offset the monthly fuel budget.
2) Any politician involved in this debate should know that the price for road repairs is greatly influenced by the price of crude oil. I don’t know when the $1.2 billion estimate for current repairs was calculated, but I would bet it wasn’t based on $30 per barrel oil.
If the parties involved could make a timely decision and lock in an asphalt contract at the current price of oil, they could save the state hundreds of millions of dollars, or, better yet, they could complete a lot more work for the same price.
If our legislators continue to procrastinate on making a decision on this much agreed upon necessity, they would be guilty of fiscal negligence to the citizens of South Carolina.
I appreciate Mr. Brinson’s active leadership on this matter and hope that he and The Post and Courier continue the charge to bring our infrastructure into the 21st century.