Texas town pushes fuel sales tax

| Wednesday, January 15, 2003

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 agenda, Tuesday.

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.

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