Pro Question 1: Eliminate Gas Tax Indexing

John Wargin

John Wargin

John Wargin of Barnstable Village, who with his wife has been campaigning to gather signatures on the gas tax indexing question, explains how he got involved with the issue and why he wants to eliminate gas tax indexing.

He said his group is not in favor of the gas tax but rather the indexing, which ties the tax to the Consumer Price Index. He said politicians should have the courage to take a vote every year on the issue, rather than have the gas tax increase automatically.

The indexing, or linkage, causes the tax to increase every year without a vote of the legislature.

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Wargin said the gas tax is already high, 26.5 cents for state taxes and 18.4 cents for federal taxes. For people on a fixed income, like Wargin and his wife, the annual increases create a hardship.

He said that the income derived from the gas tax has been diverted to other uses in the past.