Gov. Nikki Haley’s proposal for obtaining money to repair state roads and bridges appears to have left out two large groups of citizens.
The proposal stated that a 10 cents per gallon gas tax increase would be offset by lowering the state income tax to 5 percent. However, seniors who rely solely on Social Security for income and the very poor would not benefit from the lower tax and would have to pay more for their gasoline.
These two groups would not be required to file state income tax and, would lose the tax to offset the increase.
As small as the increase in a gasoline tax would be, any amount is too much for someone on a fixed income. Seniors contribute to communities, pay property taxes, pay insurances, make purchases and create no burden on the educational systems.
As the proposal is currently presented, seniors will have more of a burden than working individuals who, as we are told, are now receiving pay increases.
In Berkeley County, we already pay a one-cent sales tax for repairs to roads. We would be required to pay 10 cents more per gallon of gas and receive no offset in state income tax as others would receive.
We hope that this was an oversight in the governor’s proposal and that it will be addressed prior to any bill being passed.