My Turn, Your Turn: Is it time to increase fees?

By Gary McNair - bio|email
Posted by Debra Worley - email

A couple of things happed recently that made me realize some people - namely state government people - just haven't gotten the message.

You and I know how hard things are right now.  I am guessing many of you have looked at the family finances and had to make some adjustments.

Perhaps you're not going to eat out as much.  Or maybe you cut back on how many presents you put under the tree.  Some of you may have even canceled a family trip or vacation.

But amid all the "belt tightening," we get an announcement that UNCW is raising tuition and our friends in Raleigh want to create a new tax forcing North Carolina motorists to pay a fee for every mile they drive - be it in-state, or out.

I can almost understand the tuition increase.  But is this really the right time?

And the tax - I just can't find the words to express my utter disgust and amazement.

That's my turn.  Now it's your turn.  To comment on this segment, or anything else, email me at

Viewers Responses:

I say enough already. I have a child in a private college in another town because, it was going to cost us more a year to keep her here at UNCW. She is going to work in the medical field and we looked at three different schools and where she is now is the least expensive. I by no means am saying UNCW isn't a great school, but, when a private school can offer the same exact classes and save us $5000.00 a year you have to step back and ask why.


Probably not the right time to raise taxes or fees. Tell that to the insurance companies. A 30 percent hike when home values have fallen for two plus years and no claims have been paid out? Huh?...What would they go up if there had been a significant storm? Lets hear about that and tell the people where to provide feedback to the NC Insurance Commissioner.

A gas tax is more sane than any other tax at this time. This would keep us aware of the responsible use of fuel. We are certainly headed back to our wasteful ways with gas this cheap.


I agree the mile tax or a tax on gasoline is expected from NC, I'm just not sure what they are doing with all the monies. I think if we really were serious about protesting we'd ban together and stop paying the state income tax. Do you realize you could move to Fla buy or rent a house, not have to pay state income tax and the savings would cover approximately 2 months of your mortgage payments or rent each year, and after the housing shortage you can get a house equal to here for about 10% less.