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Jay Jacobs suggests in his "Enough is Enough" letter (Oct. 31) that his buddy in West Virginia is getting a better deal on the price of gas than he is. No question that the price in California is higher.

But on the question of taxes, Jay should tell his friend that we are getting a much better deal when it comes to value for money. West Virginia pays 35 cents per gallon, that is about 14 per cent of the total price of gas to maintain about 80,000 miles of highway. Jay pays 47 cents that is about 11 percent of the total price and helps maintain and improve about 394,000 miles of highway, plus provides a significant amount of the tax goes to local streets.

We get almost 5 times the amount of highway and road improvements for our additional 12 cents more than West Virginia pays.

So the issue for California is not the tax but the underlying price of gas. So it can be argued that we are getting a better deal for our money then Jay's friend in West Virginia.

Finally, the new gas tax increase provides about twice the money for local street maintenance than was provided in the past. We should all look forward to an increasing list of streets that are improved each year in the City of Napa. Maybe even Trower will be a smoother ride soon.

Fred Silva

Napa

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