LAKE COUNTY, Fla. - Hundreds of miles of roads in Lake County are in bad shape, and drivers may be asked to pay for new blacktop.
Resident Allen Kane said he drives a lot and knows a lot of the roads are in rough shape, but he doesn't like the idea of a gas tax.
Each road is expected to last up to 25 years, officials said.
"But 20 to 25 years is really pushing it," said Public Works Director Jim Stivender.
Commissioner Jimmy Conner said with a gas tax, everybody pays, including out-of-county commuters and tourists. He said he'd prefer that as opposed to raising impact fees on the construction of new businesses and homes.
"The economy is not growing the way a lot of people want to make you think it is," Conner said.
But Kane said Lake County commuters will feel the pain.
"It's not going to be good," said Kane. "With the economy the way it is, trying to get to work, the people that drive. Not everybody works 10 miles from the house."
If the county pushes forward, a gas tax would take effect Jan. 1, 2014.