bill in the Oklahoma Legislature to set up a statewide vote on a
plan to raise the state’s fuel tax by 7 cents a gallon on diesel
and 5 cents a gallon on gasoline has moved from the state House
to the Senate.
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
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 Maintenance Fund.”
told Land Line in February he wasn’t proposing a tax increase,
just giving voters a chance to decide whether they wanted to make
an additional investment in repairing deteriorating roads and bridges.
measure was passed by the full House March 12 by a 72 to 23 vote
and has been sent to the Senate for consideration. If approved by
the Legislature and signed by the governor, the bill would go before
the public in the November 2004 general election.