Texas town votes down fuel tax

| 1/21/2003

Truckers and other drivers were granted a reprieve Jan. 17 when El Paso, TX, city leaders voted against pushing state lawmakers for a citywide fuel tax hike, according to local media.

The City Council voted 6-0 against the tax, KVIA television reported. Two members were not present for the vote.

The proposal would have allowed the city to ask the state for consent to propose an increase in the fuel tax. If the state had given the city permission, El Paso voters would have still had to approve it in a vote.

Revenue from the proposed tax would have gone to help fund street repairs.