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Iowa drivers have mixed views of proposed fuel tax hike

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KEOKUK, Ia. (WGEM) -

Some drivers are already experiencing sticker shock at the gas pump, but now proposed legislation in Iowa would increase the fuel tax even more.

Some local officials are supporting it because they say it would help fix bad roads.

When Keokuk residents were asked about their experience driving through town, the consensus was pretty clear.

"The roads are bad. They've had a lot of wear and tear and not a lot of money for maintenance so they are in bad shape," said Dawn Bakken.

"Some of the side roads really need to be looked at and fixed," said Mark Pfaffe. 

Keokuk Mayor Tom Marion said he supports proposed state legislation that would increase fuel tax by three cents each year for the next three years, because he says the extra revenue would trickle down to the city's roads use funds.

Marion said his city is in dire need of extra money to improve deteriorating streets across town.

"People damaging vehicles. It also is aesthetically terrible," said Marion.

He said infrastructure improvements would also help attract people and businesses to the city.

"If somebody drives around and thinking maybe I would like to move here and you're hitting pot holes and bumps everywhere, what are you going to do" said Marion.

Some Keokuk residents agree with Marion.

"As long as they do a tax increase that money would go directly into repairing the roads then that is a really good idea," said Bakken.

"I think we all need to do our fair share to help improve the streets of our community,"  said Pfaffe.

But others like Harry Hill said enough is enough with tax increases.

"I think people have enough taxes the way it is. They want school taxes raised, they want this raised, and people just can't afford it," said Hill. 

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