I am writing in regard to the Iowa Department of Transportation wanting an increase in the gas tax. The department says it doesn’t have enough money to fix our roads, yet it has the money to build a “magnificent” rest stop south of Cedar Rapids on Interstate 380. This was unnecessary, as people stop to use the facilities, not ogle at how wonderful the place is.
Also, the overhead lighted signs on Interstate 380, costing $800,000, are a waste of taxpayer money. I understand that they are for an Amber Alert, but since they have been up, I can count on one hand the alerts being used. Usually, they are used to tell us of a pending snowstorm or construction ahead, both of which we might find out by listening to our radio or reading the newspaper.
If the DOT is so cash-strapped, maybe it should examine where it is spending our tax money and tighten its belt somewhere, instead of crying for more tax money.