In South Carolina, we pay a motor user fee of 16 cents per gallon of gas.
That may seem like a lot but consider this: This fee has been stagnant since 1987.
That’s 27 years!
Back then gas cost an average of 90 cents per gallon. Today, its over $3.
Let’s break these numbers down. Combining state and federal taxes, the average South Carolina family pays about $40.97 each month to help maintain our state’s roads and bridges.
That’s just not a lot when you look at some of the things we spend our hard earned dollars on. Especially when we KNOW it’s all falling apart.
So, let’s take a look at some things that just have to be more important than the roads you drive on each day.
A cup of Starbucks coffee cost an average of $3.25. If you visit the coffee shop before work every day, that’s $65 a month and $780 a year.
Americans spend an average of $159 for electricity and natural gas. That’s nearly 3.5 times as much as we spend on roads.
3. CELL PHONES and LANDLINES
We spend nearly 3.5 times more for telephone service than we do roads, about $161 a month.
4. CABLE and INTERNET
At $124 a month, cable and internet services cost us 2.5 times more than roads.
If a pack of cigarettes cost $4.35, you’re spending $130 a month to light up. That’s 3 times more than you pay for roads.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics claims the average American spends 1 percent of their expendable income on alcohol. If you have two drinks a night, five nights a week, that’s roughly $175 each month, depending on the cost of your favorite beverage.
7. FAST FOOD
If the average cost of a fast food meal is $6, and you ate one fast food meal 5 days per week, that adds up to $125 a month and $1,500 a year. When you become a family of four, that amount shoots up to $6,000 a year!
8. DATE NIGHT
Movie tickets = $10.50/adult
Popcorn = $8
Soda = $5
Candy = $4
Two hours of entertainment = $47
Did you know some Americans spend at least $12 on lottery tickets each week? That’s $52 a month!
Do we need safer roads more than we need Starbucks and lotto tickets? We think so.
Election Day is quickly approaching! Sign the SC Pride Pledge to make roads a top priority at the voting booth in November.