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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 can’t help but be troubled by the high price he’s paid at the pump, a mixture of high oil prices and increased taxes.

“It’s ridiculous,” says Gillespie, who owns Sound Builders. “We’re taxed to death in this state. It’s tough to even make a living now. I love Washington — but I’m 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 state’s deteriorating road infrastructure.

“I don’t like paying the tax,” she said, “But we need the roads. Look around you — we need new highways, new roadways.”

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