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April 2015 State Transportation Funding Initiatives Report: States Continue Advancing Transportation Bills
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Arkansas 2016 Ballot Measure Results
Special Motor Fuel Tax Rates: Alternative fuels taxed on a gasoline gallon equivalent (GGE) basis. Rates are determined by the number of vehicles licensed to use that specific fuel within the state.
- Diesel: 22.5 cents-per-gallon
- Biodiesel Mixture: 22.5 cents-per-gallon
- Gasohol: 21.5 cents-per-gallon
- Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG): 16.5 cents-per-gallon
- Natural Gas (CNG/LNG): 5 cents-per-gallon
- Ethanol/Methanol: 21.5 cents-per-gallon
Fee: Annual flat fee special fuel user’s permit, based on vehicle’s gross weight rating.
Fee/Tax in addition to Gas Excise Tax: Environmental fee (0.3 cents-per-gallon).
*Federal funding percentages are from an ARTBA analysis of FHWA Highway Statistics data, total ten year average 2004-2013 from tables SF-1 and SF-2. The percent is the ratio of federal aid reimbursements to the state and total state capital outlays and is indicative of the importance of the federal aid program to state capital spending for highways and bridges. Does not include local capital spending. Federal highway reimbursements are primarily used for capital outlays, including construction, right of way and engineering, but are also used for debt service for GARVEE bonds.