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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.