Escambia Approves Gas Tax Hike For ECAT
November 19, 2012
The Escambia County Commission approved a four-cent gas take hike this afternoon in order to fund the ECAT bus system.
The increased gas tax is expected to net the county about $4 million when it takes effect no earlier than January 2014. It currently costs the county about $3.2 million to fund the Escambia County Area Transit System, plus about $3.7 million from grants from the state and federal governments.
The tax increase passed on a 4-1 vote, with Commission Kevin White casting the vote against.
Escambia County currently collects 10-cents in tax per gallon — a direct seven-cent levy plus a three-cent levy collected by the state and returned to the county.
Commissioners previously recognized that they were purposefully considering the gas tax increase just hours before two new commissioners — Steven Barry in District 5 and Lumon May in District 3 — are sworn into office on November 20.