Originally Published: February 27, 2018 6 a.m.
I would like to ask Rep. Noel Campbell, R-Prescott, why are the Arizona residents being punished by raising the fee on the Arizona vehicle registration?
I agree our road system needs to be fixed sooner and not later. The only smart way to fix this problem is to raise the 18-cent-a-gallon gasoline tax (since 1991). Why? Our state has millions of visitors each year who either drive their own vehicles or use rentals cars. They drive all over our great state on our roads to see the sights. Those visitors then buy gasoline for their vehicles at our low 18 cent gas tax.
They should be paying their fair share for using our road system. By raising the gas tax, all of our visitors would then help fix our road system and not just our residents. Also by increasing the vehicle tax fee, residents moving here will keep their cheaper out-of-state registration as long as they can to avoid our high registration cost. Hope it’s not too late to fix this problem before punishing the Arizona residents only.
The Arizona Office of Tourism website shows an estimated 43 million people visited Arizona in 2016.