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Kevin Gilman: Why we should repeal FASTER

Kevin Gilman, Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs — The problem with FASTER, and the main reason it should be repealed by Proposition 101, is that there is no correlation between the number of vehicles someone owns and registers, and the need for highway maintenance.  — The problem with FASTER, and the main reason it should be repealed by Proposition 101, is that there is no correlation between the number of vehicles someone owns and registers, and the need for highway maintenance. 

— The problem with FASTER, and the main reason it should be repealed by Proposition 101, is that there is no correlation between the number of vehicles someone owns and registers, and the need for highway maintenance. 

There is a direct correlation between the amount of gas consumed and the amount of wear on our roads and bridges. The more miles you drive, the more gas you buy. The heavier vehicle you drive, the more gas you buy. 

If you own a heavy pickup for your construction job, and a small sedan for your other needs, you actually are minimizing wear on our roads and bridges by not driving the pickup all the time, but FASTER penalizes you because you have to register both vehicles at ridiculous rates. 

The problem is that "tax" is considered a four-letter word, and our politicians don't have the courage to raise taxes. Raising fees is another thing. So instead of calling it a gas tax, let's call it a highway-use fee. 

Let's make our roads and bridges self-funding by making the people who use them the most, pay the most. 

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Why should a pickup that sits at a job site all day, or a sedan that sits in the driveway all day, pay the same as a hotel shuttle van that runs nonstop? That's the essence of FASTER and the reason you should vote to repeal it with Proposition 101.

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