I am writing this letter to the editor in reference to the article I read in Saturday’s editorial section.
I am sick of hearing that our state officials are again trying to raise the state’s gas tax. Leave it alone, people.
There are another few ways that the state can raise some hefty cash without touching the gas tax. The best way and easiest way to raise the needed cash is to start making all of these trailers that use our roads and highways pay a registration fee each and every year.
I am sick of hearing these politicians saying “we can't make these people that are using these trailers pay a registration fee or tax because they are using them to make a living.” Well, isn’t that just too bad.
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Most of these trailers are used by landscaping businesses, and some of them are at least 20 feet long. Most of them you see on the roads have at least two or more really expensive lawn tractors on them and the most up to date gas-powered trimmers and other gas-powered equipment. If these people can afford this equipment, then they can afford to pay the state $50 or $100 a year to use these trailers on our roads.
Go up to the state of Massachusetts and see the trailers that the people up there use, and each and every one of them have to pay a registration fee of at least $50 depending on the size and weight that they can carry, as well as a fee for inspecting these trailers each year. Why can't this be done down here in South Carolina?
The state is missing out on a very large sum of money each year by not doing this. The second thing that this state of South Carolina is missing out on is the registration of all mopeds in the state. Each and every one of these should be registered and have a plate on them. There are again millions of dollars that the state is missing out on.
So let’s leave the gas tax the way it is so that we can afford to be able to drive and start looking at these two things that have gone unnoticed for many years. Let’s be fair about this.
The writer lives in Myrtle Beach.