Your daily Letter to the Columnist — Jan. 25, 2013
I have re-read your article from this past Sunday, “Reactions to McDonnell’s gas tax plan mixed.” I own a 2005 Ford Escape hybrid and am frustrated that Virginia wants to charge an extra $100 for owning a hybrid.
I purchased this vehicle for many reasons, two of which are saving gas and to be at least somewhat environmentally friendly. In the past, there have been tax cuts for owning a hybrid as an incentive to purchase. Granted, $100 isn’t much, but they should be giving a cut instead of adding a charge.
The Escape Hybrid uses much less gas and weighs less than a standard Escape, which translates to less wear on roads. Localities such as Nags Head, N.C. reward hybrid owners by providing a parking space closest to the front door of a local Food Lion.
They shoould do similar in other areas to encourage hybrid ownership. I am against the proposed changes in the Virginia gas and sales taxes. We will be paying more taxes over time with the changes.