State News


Jan. 3: Nine States Adjust Gas Tax Jan. 1

The New Year brought adjusted motor fuel taxes to nine states, with seven states increasing their motor fuel taxes and two states decreasing the tax. Of the states that increased their motor fuel taxes, three of them—Florida, Georgia and North Carolina—did so based on...

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January 2016 State Gas Tax Changes

Nine states adjusted their motor fuel taxes Jan. 1, with four increases tied to efforts to providing more funding for transportation infrastructure investment, and five decreases triggered by falling oil prices. Four states—Utah, Nebraska, Maryland and Florida—raised...

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State Transportation Funding News Roundup

A TRIP report released Nov. 24 found poor roads and congestion in Connecticut costs urban residents an estimated $5.1 billion per year in the form of vehicle operating costs, lost time, wasted fuel, and the financial repercussions of traffic incidents. Thirty-three...

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This unsuccessful ballot referendum campaign in Hillsborough County, Florida failed to secure a transit sales tax measure in the November 2010 election.  The Hillsborough County Commission passed this transit sales tax with a vote of five to two on May 13, 2010.  As a...

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Pasco County Approves Nickle Gas Tax Increase

Pasco County, Fla. commissioners voted September 9 to approve a 5-cents-per-gallon county fuel tax increase. The fuel tax increase is anticipated to generate $8 million annually in revenue for maintaining the county’s roads and bridges. The measure was approved by...

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Florida Ballot Measure Results



Fuel Taxes


  • Natural gas and propone retailers are required to have a license to distribute special fuels. License application fee: $5.
  • Penalty for not having a valid natural gas fuel retailer license: $200/month if offense occurs before Jan. 1, 2019; after Jan. 1, 2019, the penalty is 25 percent of the tax assessed on the total purchases made during the unlicensed period.

Excise tax: Currently, alternative fuels are exempt from taxation (effective Jan. 1, 2014 through Jan. 1, 2019).

** Variable-Rate Formula: Excise tax on fuel is a flat 4 cents-per-gallon. Additional fuel sales tax (currently 13.3 cents-per-gallon) is adjusted annually to the percentage change of the Consumer Price Index.  Local taxes for gasoline and gasohol vary from 12.6 cents to 18.6 cents. Plus a 2.2 cent per gallon pollution tax.

*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.