Right now, the tax you pay on gas every time you fill up goes toward fixing roads. But some say it's time to rethink that system.
One lawmaker said the gas tax is not getting results.
“We are looking at alternative funding for the roads, because the gas tax, one, it's too high,” Rep. Bill Brawley said.
Right now, the gas tax is 37 cents per gallon.
The state recalculates the tax, which is tied to the wholesale price of fuel, every six months. Officials told Eyewitness News that because of rising gas prices, the rate would likely increase 2 to 2 1\2 cents in July.
Brawley said while the tax is supposed to fund roads, there are a lot of projects that are incomplete.
“The funding model we've had hasn't been successful. We're behind on road construction and we need to address it,” he said.
The state DOT says gas tax revenue funds everything from filling potholes and clearing snow and ice to replacing and repairing bridges and installing highway signs and traffic signals.
The NCDOT said that tax is its primary source of funding, but acknowledged new ideas may be needed.
“It served us well in the past, but I think we are going to have to explore other funding models,” said Scott Cole with the NCDOT.
One idea Brawley mentioned that's controversial to many is tolls.
“We may see more toll roads in North Carolina -- hate them, don't know what else to do,” he said.
Brawley said we're into billions of dollars where we need to catch up on road funding, and tolls could be just one solution.