"I put the banner up because
Senator Young and Delegate Clagett were the only two representatives from
Dave Beall owns the Rosemont Service Station and put the banner up, along with the Frederick Sunoco on Route 40. Parsley and Beall want to let people know the about the gas tax increase that's going into effect on July 1st.
"This is taxation without representation because this tax will just go up forever based on the consumer price index," Parsley says.
Parsley and Beall are afraid people
won't be pumping gas at their stations when the gas tax goes into effect with
"We have already felt the effect with the different taxes that went into effect with the tobacco, with the alcohol, and now it's going to be the gas tax," Beall says. "We've seen constantly our business drop off every time another one of our products are taxed."
Delegate Clagett says now was the right time to increase the gas tax, which hasn't gone up since 1992.
"If you don't have the state money in the bucket, then you're not eligible for the federal money, so we were under the gun to get some money in place so that on the next wave, we would be eligible," Clagett (D-Frederick) says.
Clagett also says he was able to
bring transportation money to
"I was able to negotiate the
interchange at 15 and
The sales tax on gas will go up about four cents this July, another eight cents by July 2015, and an additional eight cents by July 2016.
"It's just driving more
business out of
Governor Martin O'Malley's office says the state plans to spend $4.4 billion from gas tax revenue over the next six years.