Oklahoma lawmaker has proposed a measure asking for a statewide
vote on a fuel tax increase to pay for road repairs.
sponsored by state Rep. Larry Ferguson, R-Cleveland, would
increase the state’s current 13-cents-per-gallon diesel
fuel tax by 2 cents a gallon in 2005. In addition, an annual
fuel tax increase would be imposed from 2006 to 2008 when
it would reach 20 cents a gallon. Gasoline would climb
from 16 cents a gallon to 21 cents over the same time.
from the new taxes will be used for various transportation
needs,” Ferguson wrote. “The remainder of the revenues
will be deposited to the State Highway Construction and
told Land Line he isn’t proposing a tax increase,
just giving voters a chance to decide whether they want
to make an additional investment in repairing deteriorating
roads and bridges.
approved by the Legislature, the bill would go before the
public in the November 2004 general election.
Keith Goble, staff writer