A leading highways official in West Virginia this month told
lawmakers they need to come up with an additional $350 million a year to keep
up with road construction and maintenance in the state.
State Highway Engineer Marvin Murphy told an interim
committee that the agency is considering tax and fee increases and other
funding measures that could generate about $200 million more for the road fund
Among the proposed revenue enhancers is renewing a 5-cent-per-gallon
fuel tax that is set to expire next summer, and allowing the wholesale tax to
increase an expected 3 to 4 cents per gallon next year. Increasing fees for
license plates and driver's licenses also was mentioned, The Associated
In addition, coming up with new funding sources for agencies
that tap into the road fund could draw consideration. Those agencies include
the West Virginia State Police and the Public Service Commission weight
Other funding sources previously mentioned include
privatization of the West Virginia Turnpike and adopting a similar test program
used in Oregon to charge drivers for road use by the mile instead of the
Supporters say that state lawmakers should look for new ways
to pay for roads, including using the state's general revenue fund.
"We can't carry the water if you don't give us a bucket,"
Delegate Richard Browning, D-Wyoming told The AP. "If we just sit back
and raise $3 million here, or $4 million there, that's not going to cut it."