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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - How much money you spend at the gas station is at stake this week.

Lawmakers are expected to debate raising the state's fuel tax 10 cents per gallon -- which would bring in an extra $215 million to fix roads and bridges.

Here's how that breaks down:

    -47.5 percent for the primary road system (highways/interstates maintained by the Iowa Department of Transportation)

    -24.5 percent for secondary county roads

    -20 percent for city streets

    -8 percent for farm-to-market county roads

While many complain about the quality of Iowa's roadways, when you ask Iowans about raising the price at the gas pump to see change on streets and bridges, it's not exactly a popular idea.

"I think it sucks," said Tracy Blackwell, who lives in Marion. "It's supposed to help better the streets and everything else, and what improvements have they done?"

Some lawmakers say that to see more improvement, the gas tax needs to go up -- and there's a lot of confusion about how the money gets spent.

When asked where she thought the money would go, Blackwell replied, "in their pockets."

And for Tom Hanson of Cedar Rapids?"They're saying roads, but we don't have any say in that," said Hanson.

Where does the money you spend here really go?

According to the bill, "One hundred percent of the revenue produced as a result of the increase"  will go towards "critical road and bridge construction projects."

In eastern Iowa, the amount cities would get varies.

    -$2 million for Cedar Rapids

    -$950K for Dubuque

    -$1.1 million for Iowa City

    -$1.1 million for Waterloo


That money might not fix as many roads as you'd think.

"(It) would add anywhere from two to three to four miles of repair, reconstruction or rehabilitation," said Dave Elgin, Cedar Rapids Public Works Director.

Cities say if you want to see better roads, every bit of money helps.

"Two million dollars a year over 10 years, $20 million, that's another 15, 20, 25 miles of roadway improvements that we can accomplish," said Elgin.

Of course, this is your money we're talking about.

If you want to see it go towards roads, or if you'd rather keep it in your wallet, let your State Senators and Representatives know how you'd like to see them vote this week: https://www.legis.iowa.gov/legislators/find

Here's a list of the money counties would receive for roadshttp://ftpcontent.worldnow.com/kwwl/Documents/county.pdf

Here's the list of what cities would receivehttp://ftpcontent.worldnow.com/kwwl/Documents/city.pdf
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