House lawmakers narrowly approved a bill April 20 that would permit local
voters to impose a countywide, one-cent sales tax on diesel fuel and gasoline.
would allow for a special election on a proposed motor fuel tax to be called by
the board of county commissioners or through an initiative petition signed by
at least 5 percent of registered voters in the county, The Oklahoman reported. If approved by voters, the tax revenue could only be spent on county
roads and bridges.
House passed the bill 51-43. It now moves to a House-Senate conference
committee for revisions.
bill’s House sponsor, Rep. Paul Roan, D-Tishomingo, told the newspaper two
other bills are still alive proposing a statewide vote on a fuel tax increase
for roads and bridges, but he said it was unclear if any of the revenue from
those measures would go to counties.
counties are having the same problem our state is as far as the infrastructure
of their county roads and bridges,” Roan said. “I just thought it was very
important … to keep this bill alive in case neither one of those bills were
able to give (counties) the help they need.”
bills include HB2559, which would ask voters to approve a 7-cent-per-gallon
gasoline tax boost and a 9-cent-per-gallon increase in diesel fuel taxes. It
passed the Senate April 22.
passed the Senate April 20. It calls for a nickel-per-gallon gas tax hike and
an 8-cent-per-gallon jump in diesel.
two bills are to go to a conference committee where a final version of
legislation likely would be written. Drivers
in the Sooner State now pay 14 cents a gallon in tax on diesel fuel and 17
cents a gallon on gasoline.