Truckers traveling in Nevada could soon be tapped for paying an additional tax in rural counties around the state. A portion of the revenue would be designated for truck parking.
The Senate Revenue and Economic Development Committee voted to advance a bill to authorize county commissions in counties with fewer than 100,000 people to add a tax of up to 5 cents per gallon on diesel purchases.
The authorization would enable 15 of the state’s 17 counties to charge more at the pump. The other two counties – Clark and Washoe – already are permitted to collect extra tax on diesel. All other counties in the state can charge a nickel tax on gas.
Nevada’s fuel tax rate is set at 23 cents for gas and 27 cents for diesel.
SB439 would require the additional diesel revenue raised in rural counties to be used for local road construction and maintenance. Revenue would be allotted for county and city projects.
A provision is included for eligible IFTA carriers to receive a reimbursement of the county tax consumed outside of Nevada.
Additionally, a portion of tax collections would be allotted for truck parking in counties with diesel sales in excess of 10 million gallons annually. Affected counties – Lyon, Humboldt and Elko – are along the Interstate 80 corridor.
Mary Walker, representing Carson City, Douglas, Lyon and Storey counties, testified to the committee that an estimated $500,000 per year would be allotted for truck parking in the three counties. She noted over the past five years the Nevada Department of Transportation has set aside $2 million for truck parking statewide.
“With our rural counties stepping up to help fund truck parking we believe it will lead to greater economic development opportunities by attracting more truckers to our areas to spend their dollars on food, fuel, lodging, gaming, etc.,” she said.
County commissions would need to pass an ordinance with two-thirds majority to implement the extra tax. A minimum of two public meetings would be required before passage.
Paul Enos, CEO of the Nevada Trucking Association, said his group supports the effort because it would create a dedicated source for truck parking.
“Truck parking is a huge issue in the state of Nevada,” Enos testified. “It’s a huge issue everywhere.”
The bill awaits further consideration in the Senate.
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