To the editor:
Last weekend, my column “Our unaccountable, tax-and-spend government” touched on the unbelievable number of taxes that we pay. With that said, I would like to talk about the new tax that the North Carolina Utilities Commission has allowed Piedmont Natural Gas to burden the people with.
In all their wisdom, the Utilities Commission has allowed North Carolina the ability to use new tax legislation to nail users with a 7 percent tax on natural gas sales.
Prior to July 1, Piedmont Natural Gas Co. had charged users an excise tax, still a tax any way that you look at it. Under the excise tax, on a $55 gas bill, you would pay about $1.75. This worked out to about 3.17 percent of the total bill. If you backed out the service charge as I did on my business account, it was 5.29 percent.
This excise tax is now called sales tax, and I understand this. They now just shoved their thumb into our collective eye. With this increase, the tax on natural gas has more than doubled. Why? No reason was given in the new bills I have received. What will this new tax be wasted on?
In the past, it was not legal to charge tax on labor or service. Now, I use no gas during the summer months. I still have to pay $22 a month just to keep the hookup in place. My new bill has a new charge of $1.54, or 7 percent sales tax. I am sorry, but Piedmont Natural Gas did not sell me any gas this month.
So how can the state of North Carolina allow this money to be taken from me and all the others who do business with Piedmont Natural Gas and use no gas during the summer months? Just another way lawmakers are ripping off the working man and woman. If I am wrong, then someone with more wisdom than I needs to explain it to all of us. That 7 percent is not going to make me or break me, but what about the elderly who are on a fixed income? The government — both state and federal — keeps walking on our backs.