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Other (Sales and use tax): Natural gas is exempted from the state motor fuel tax. Instead, the state sales and use tax of 6 percent is applied.
** Variable Rate Formula: State gas tax is comprised of a 12.1 cents-per gallon flat excise tax, a Motor Fuel Transportation Infrastructure Assessment (MFTIA) of 2 percent of the average quarterly retail gas price, and a Motor Fuel Tax Assessment (MFTA) of 13.4 cents per-gallon or 4 percent of the tax-adjusted retail gas price, (whichever is greater) upon each gallon of motor fuel sold by the distributor, not to exceed 18 cents-per-gallon.
Fee/Tax in addition to Gas Excise Tax: Cleanup fee and transfer fee.
*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.