The commission trying to figure out how to pay for roadwork
in Nevada has made its first recommendations.
Created by Gov. Kenny Guinn, the citizens' task force has
reported that two tax revisions would raise about half of the money that the
Nevada Department of Transportation needs for transportation construction
funding during the next decade, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.
The Blue Ribbon Task Force agreed to a handful of
recommendations. One suggestion is to use a portion of the state's revenue
surplus to jump start roadwork throughout the state.
Another idea is to dedicate 1 percent of the sales tax
generated through vehicle sales and repairs each year for transportation. In
addition, the group decided to pursue changing the depreciation schedule the
state's Department of Motor Vehicles uses to calculate vehicle registration
One other idea is to support construction of toll roads and
enter into agreements with private groups to build the roads.
The task force was unable to reach agreement on a proposal
to increase the state's diesel and gasoline tax by 2 cents per gallon and index
the rates to inflation, the Review-Journal reported.
The task force is scheduled to meet again Nov. 29 to discuss
further the proposed fuel tax changes. At that meeting, final recommendations
will be made as to what to pursue during the regular session that begins in
February 2007. The Legislature and governor would have the final say on the