Truckers will likely think
twice before stopping for fuel in El Paso, TX, if city leaders get
the nod from state lawmakers to implement a fuel tax to help generate
funding for street repairs, according to local media. Currently,
state law prohibits cities from implementing a sales tax on fuel.
The City Council is considering
asking the state Legislature for permission to tax fuel, the El
Paso Times reported. The council was expected to vote on the
issue, which is included in the city’s proposed state legislative
The city’s chief administrative
officer, Bill Chapman, told the newspaper he expected voters would
have to approve the tax before it could be imposed. The amount of
the tax hasn’t been determined.