As more state legislatures convene for the 2018 legislative session, transportation funding bills are proving to be a popular topic. The Colorado Senate chose transportation funding as the first bill to introduce this year. Senate Bill 18-001 would divert 10 percent...read more
Indiana House Democrats announced a plan on Feb. 6 to increase transportation funding by $800 million to $900 million annually by dedicating the annual state agency budget reversions toward state and local funding; ensuring all motor fuel taxes—including the state...read more
The New Year brought adjusted motor fuel taxes to nine states, with seven states increasing their motor fuel taxes and two states decreasing the tax. Of the states that increased their motor fuel taxes, three of them—Florida, Georgia and North Carolina—did so based on...read more
The New York legislature reached a budget agreement April 1 that includes $55 billion for the state’s transportation plan, including $27.14 billion for the state Department of Transportation and $27.98 billion for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Mike...read more
Forty-four bills to increase transportation funding have been considered in 23 states so far in the 2016 legislative session, according to an updated report from the Transportation Investment Advocacy Center. Of those considering methods to increase transportation...read more
Nine states adjusted their motor fuel taxes Jan. 1, with four increases tied to efforts to providing more funding for transportation infrastructure investment, and five decreases triggered by falling oil prices. Four states—Utah, Nebraska, Maryland and Florida—raised...read more
A TRIP report released Nov. 24 found poor roads and congestion in Connecticut costs urban residents an estimated $5.1 billion per year in the form of vehicle operating costs, lost time, wasted fuel, and the financial repercussions of traffic incidents. Thirty-three...read more
This unsuccessful ballot referendum campaign in Hillsborough County, Florida failed to secure a transit sales tax measure in the November 2010 election. The Hillsborough County Commission passed this transit sales tax with a vote of five to two on May 13, 2010. As a...read more
The below article was published by Matthew Ubben, president of 'Floridians for Better Transportation' and Transportation Investment Advocates Council member, in the Miami Herald on July 28, 2015. BY MATTHEW D. UBBEN bettertransportation.org Published in the Miami...read more
Several states are pushing to pass transportation funding measures before wrapping up their 2015 legislative sessions. Here’s a quick look at measures in development this week: The Nebraska Unicameral Legislature is preparing for a final vote on a bill to increase the...read more
Osceola County, Fla. commissioners approved a 5 cents-per-gallon local gas tax increase on March 9 with a vote of 4-1. Starting Jan. 1, 2016, the new tax is estimated to generate approximately $6 million per year. Florida permits counties to impose three local option...read more
The Transportation Investment Advocacy Center (TIAC) has prepared a detailed study on some of the variable-rate strategies states are using to fund transportation investments. A variable-rate gasoline tax, or one that adjusts the cents-per-gallon charge at the pump...read more
Pasco County, Fla. commissioners voted September 9 to approve a 5-cents-per-gallon county fuel tax increase. The fuel tax increase is anticipated to generate $8 million annually in revenue for maintaining the county’s roads and bridges. The measure was approved by...read more
By Lital Shair, Market Research Associate with ARTBA Uncertainty surrounding the future of the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) continues to have ripple effects on state transportation planning. The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) on June 26 became the 23rd state...read more
This victorious local government campaign to increase the gasoline tax in Leon County, Florida was implemented in September 2013. The Leon County Commission passed this five-cents-per-gallon gasoline tax increase in 2013, where only two members of the Leon County...read more
Florida 2016 Ballot Measure Results
- Natural gas and propone retailers are required to have a license to distribute special fuels. License application fee: $5.
- Penalty for not having a valid natural gas fuel retailer license: $200/month if offense occurs before Jan. 1, 2019; after Jan. 1, 2019, the penalty is 25 percent of the tax assessed on the total purchases made during the unlicensed period.
Excise tax: Currently, alternative fuels are exempt from taxation (effective Jan. 1, 2014 through Jan. 1, 2019).
** Variable-Rate Formula: Excise tax on fuel is a flat 4 cents-per-gallon. Additional fuel sales tax (currently 13.3 cents-per-gallon) is adjusted annually to the percentage change of the Consumer Price Index. Local taxes for gasoline and gasohol vary from 12.6 cents to 18.6 cents. Plus a 2.2 cent per gallon pollution tax.
*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.