bill that would divert existing road-related taxes and fees to a highway
maintenance fund passed the South Carolina House April 27.
by Rep. Bobby Harrell, R-Charleston, the bill would raise about $70 million
annually to fix state highways, which transportation officials say are in a
money – including driver’s license and vehicle registration fees – now pays for
general state activities. Harrell said the general funds would be replaced.
we are trying to do is put the money where it ought to be,” Harrell told The
shortage of funds forced the South Carolina Department of Transportation three
years ago to stop resurfacing secondary highways. The state has a $560 million
annual shortfall for maintenance, the newspaper reported.
transportation funds come almost entirely from the state’s 16-cent-a-gallon
fuel tax, which is among the lowest in the nation. The tax rate was last
changed in 1989.
said the maintenance trust fund could be a better option that raising taxes or
has been sent to the Senate for further consideration.