From potholes to paving, some Elkhart County Roads are in pretty bad shape. So the county council president is pushing to increase the gas tax by 10 cents a gallon to help fix the miles of deteriorating pavement.There's already an 18 cent per gallon gas tax in Indiana, but Elkhart County sees very little of that revenue. And the county is short $3.5 million this year when it comes to fixing the roads. Add in bridges and road maintenance, the shortfall is even more.
In light of that financial picture, county council president John Letherman says a gas tax hike now makes sense. “We have a need to maintain what we have," Letherman said. "If we don't see some changes pretty quick, we're going to be upside down to the point where they're going to be falling apart and then they're going to be really expensive to fix," Letherman said.