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Maine 2016 Ballot Measure Results
Excise tax: Special fuel tax rates are based on the British Thermal Unit (BTU) energy content for each fuel.
- E85: 30 cents-per-gallon
- Biodiesel blends of up to 90%: 31.2 cents-per-gallon
- Biodiesel blends of 90-100%: 28.7 cents-per-gallon
- Propane (LPG): 21.9 cents-per-gallon
- Compressed natural gas (CNG): 24.3 cents-per-gallon
- Liquefied natural gas (LNG): 17.8 cents-per-gallon
- Hydrogen: 7 cents-per- 100 cubic feet
Use: Mostly Highway Fund, with 7.5 percent deposited into the TransCap Trust Fund.
Source: Maine Revised Statutes Title 36 Part 5 Chapter 459: §3203, Maine State Revenue Services
*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.