Oklahoma Senate approves public vote on fuel tax

| 4/7/2003

Oklahoma state senators approved a bill April 2 calling for a statewide election to determine whether voters approve of hiking diesel and gasoline taxes to aid the state's highway system.

Senators approved the measure by a 26-16 vote. It now heads back to the House for consideration of Senate amendments.

HB1385 asks voters to raise the diesel tax from 14 to 22 cents a gallon and the gasoline tax from 17 to 22 cents a gallon. The state would receive $145 million annually from the tax increases, The Oklahoman reported.

“Revenues from the new taxes will be used for various transportation needs,” the bill's sponsor, Rep. Larry Ferguson, R-Cleveland, wrote. “The remainder of the revenues will be deposited to the State Highway Construction and Maintenance Fund.”

If approved by the Legislature and signed by the governor, the proposal would go before the public in the November 2004 general election.