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Virginia 2016 Ballot Measure Results
Electric Vehicle Fee: $64 annual license tax
Excise Tax: Charged as 5.1 percent of the statewide average wholesale price of gasoline.
- Blended fuels (gasoline): 16.2 cents-per-gallon
- Blended fuels (diesel): 20.2 cents-per-gallon
- Alternative fuels (converted to GGE): 16.2 cents-per-gallon
- Conversion formulas provided by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles website.
** Variable-Rate Formula: Rate of 5.1 percent of the average wholesale price of gasoline, adjusted annually. The rate has a floor in place that prevents the excise tax from falling beneath 16.2 cents-per-gallon if the average wholesale price of gasoline decreases in value.
Fee/Tax in addition to Gas Excise Tax: Storage tank fee (0.6 cent-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.