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The Ohio Senate on March 1 approved a two-year budget measure that will provide $7.8 billion in transportation funding. The measure would also permit counties to levy an additional $5 motor vehicle registration tax (subject to voter approval). The bill now goes to the...read more
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A bill to increase the state gas tax by 5 cents-per-gallon and create a 12 percent tax on the average wholesale price of fuel, to replace the state’s flat gas tax once the price of fuel reaches $2.45 per gallon. Utah HB 362 was signed into law on March 27, 2015. Case...read more
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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
Utah Governor Gary Herbert (R) on March 27 signed into law a bill to increase the state gas tax by 5 cents-per-gallon, create a 12 percent tax on the statewide average wholesale price of motor fuel to replace the flat gas tax in the future, and permit counties to seek...read more
Utah lawmakers reached a compromise on March 12 to increase the state’s gas tax by 5 cents-per-gallon, add a 12 percent tax on the wholesale price of gasoline, and permit counties to seek voter approval for a 1/4-cent sales and use tax increase for local...read more
Utah 2016 Ballot Measure Results
- Compressed natural gas (CNG) and hydrogen:
- 10.5 cents-per-GGE until July 2016;
- 12.5 cents-per-GGE until July 2017;
- 14.5 cents-per-GGE starting July 2018.
- Liquefied natural gas (LNG):
- 10.5 cents-per-DGE until July 2016;
- 12.5 cents-per-DGE until July 2017;
- 14.5 cents-per-DGE starting July 2018.
One GGE is equal to 5.66 pounds of CNG or 2.198 pounds of hydrogen.
One DGE is equal to 6.06 pounds of LNG.
Special fuel user trip permit (valid for 96 hours or until the qualified vehicle leaves the state): $25
** Future Variable-Rate Formula: 12 percent tax on the average wholesale price of gasoline, to take effect once the average wholesale price of motor fuel reaches $2.45 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.