Nevada measure would increase fuel tax

| 3/31/2005

Many Nevada lawmakers are calling it a long shot, but a bill introduced in the Assembly this week would increase the state’s fuel tax by 2 cents a gallon each year for the next five years.

Assembly Minority Leaders Lynn Hettrick, R-Gardnerville, told local media the bill should never have been introduced when prices at the pump are hovering near record highs.

Assembly Majority Leader Barbara Buckley, D-Las Vegas, added the bill probably would be rejected.

The bill – AB494 – is scheduled for discussion before the Assembly Transportation and Homeland Security Committee on April 12. Its chairman, John Oceguera, D-Las Vegas, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal there’s “not much” chance it will pass.

The bill would increase Nevada’s fuel tax by 2 cents a gallon on July 1, 2006, and then by 2 cents a gallon each year through 2010.

The Nevada Highway Users Alliance proposed lawmakers authorize higher fuel taxes after a hearing in which members discussed coming shortfalls in the state highway construction budget.