Taxes, tolls urged for Nevada roadwork

| 11/1/2006

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 fees.

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 proposals.