Utah lawmakers consider fuel tax hike

| 4/30/2002

A handful of Utah lawmakers are discussing the possibility of hiking the state's fuel tax by as much as a dime next year. The price jolt would fund transportation projects.

Rep. Don Bush, co-chairman of the Transportation Appropriations Committee, told news reporters if a fuel tax hike is approved it would likely range between 5 and 10 cents per gallon.

Drivers in the state currently pay 24.5 cents per gallon in fuel tax, which doesn't include a federal tax of 18.4 cents per gallon.

Additional revenues generated from a tax hike reportedly would be solely earmarked for highway and road projects.