JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It's a tax you may not even realize you pay. It's coming out of your pocket every time you fill up. Jacksonville's own local gas tax is 6 cents per gallon. And it's getting ready to expire.
Richie Haugk owns the Super Food Truck. He started his mobile business a year ago. And business is good. But it isn't cheap to keep business booming. He fills the truck up with fuel once a week.
"It's about $100 every time we do. We fill it all the way up," he said.
Service at the food truck depends on gas. And Mayor Alvin Brown wants to send some relief his way. The local 6 cent gas tax all drivers pay expires in 2016. The mayor wants to do away with it.
But City Council President Bill Gulliford is proposing a 20-year local gas tax extension. And he'd also like the city to cash in on part of that 6 cents.
"(In my proposal), 5 cents goes back to the JTA (Jacksonville Transportation Authority) for specific road improvements and new road projects. A penny comes back to the city. Eighty percent of that (penny) goes to a maintenance fund to maintain city streets and roads, and then the other 20 percent will go toward the bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure improvement projects," he said.
Haugk understands how taxes work and likes being able to help. But he thinks some relief behind the wheel could so more for the city -- and the economy.
"I do know taxes do pay for things and it is a necessary thing, but just personally, I would appreciate it if we didn't have it, and it's a very good stimulus, as well," he said.
The gas tax brings in about $27 million a year for Jacksonville.
There is some discussion happening now on specifically what to use the 6 cents for. Some council members are concerned how JTA will fare if the city only gives it 5 of the 6 cents.