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A fork in the road ahead
Part one of a two-part series.
POULSBO As local resident and small business owner Mike Gillespie fills up his Ford F-150 truck with a fresh tank of gas at the Chevron station, he cant help but be troubled by the high price hes paid at the pump, a mixture of high oil prices and increased taxes.
Its ridiculous, says Gillespie, who owns Sound Builders. Were taxed to death in this state. Its tough to even make a living now. I love Washington but Im thinking of moving.
On the opposite side of the station, Marti Lewis of Bremerton, who is capping off her Lexus RX 300, is also baffled by the skyrocketing cost of fuel. However, she believes the higher price will help fix the states deteriorating road infrastructure.
I dont like paying the tax, she said, But we need the roads. Look around you we need new highways, new roadways.