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Transportation Funding Ballot Measure Results
- Distributors of compressed and liquid natural gas (LNG) must pay 18 cents-per-100 cubic feet for the ‘privilege of engaging in the business of selling or delivering CNG and LNG for use in a motor vehicle’.
- 5.75 cents-per-gallon on all special fuels.
Fee: Annual decal required for motor vehicles using natural gas.
- Gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 10,000-20,000 pounds: $225
- GVWR greater than 20,000 pounds: $300
- Farm vehicles greater than 10,000 pounds: $150
Source: Miss. Code Ann. § 27-59-11 (2015), 27-5-101, 27-55-519
Fee/Tax in addition to Gas Excise Tax: Environmental fee (0.4 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.