To the Editor:
I greatly admire the political courage of State Representative Jimmie Don Aycock, who has stated his support for an increase in the state tax on gasoline.
The 20 cents per gallon tax was last raised in 1991. At that time gas was about $1 per gallon, average gas mileage was much less, and the cost for road construction and repairs was many times cheaper.
The state of Texas simply does not have the funds to build and maintain the roads and bridges in this state.
Cities like Killeen, Copperas Cove and Harker Heights are using pass through financing strategies to help fund state highway construction, which burdens our citizens with the costs.
Many of you may have received a letter from Michael Quinn Sullivan with Texans for Fiscal Responsibility which condemned Jimmie Don Aycock for his position.
Although Jimmie Don’s stance may not be popular, it is the right thing to do and I commend him and his colleagues who are more concerned about the future of our state than their popularity in the district.
Mayor of Killeen