Speech to Text for GAS TAX IN ALBANY COULD INCREASE GAS PRICES
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are still looking for the suspects too. there's a new measure on the may ballot in albany... that's asking voters to pay more for gas. kezi 9 news reporter jessica babb was tells us why city officials say it's necessary and how some residents feel. if approved by voters, the gas tax would add five cents on each gallon of gas each time you go fill up your car. and city officials say it will help pay for street maintenance and repairs. albany mayor sharon konopa says the city simply needs more money to repair and maintain the roads.. she says the federal and state money they receive isn't enough, and hasn't kept up with inflation. the city has 187 miles of streets to maintain, and they have a backlog of roads waiting to be fixed. konopa says the city has been doing what they can to fix the larger roads, but the residential roads have been neglected... and she says the gas tax could fix that. it would generate about 1.25 million a year -- and the money would make a dent in the multi-million dollar cost of making these improvements. konopa says this tax isn't a solution, is something that will help the problem. sot: "so there is very little options we have and it's not a complete solution but it at least will be able to help us with not falling with more of a backlog." but some residents say gas prices are already high enough. sot: ""as you can tell here for 2.77 for regular gas, i mean it is going to bring it up more and more, i mean the economy is already bad enough, we don't need something like that hiked up." residents say the roads are a problem, but a gas tax isn't the right way to solve it. on cam: you can expect to see this measure on the ballot in may and if approved it will go into effect next january. reporting in albany, jessica babb, kezi 9 news.