A state highway task force trying to figure out how to pay
for roadwork in Nevada has decided on what it wants to pursue during the
regular session that begins in February. One idea is to increase the state's
Created by Gov. Kenny Guinn, the citizens' task force is
looking for ways to make up an expected $3.8 billion shortfall in Nevada highway funding.
The Blue Ribbon Task Force agreed to a handful of
recommendations. One suggestion is to increase diesel and gasoline taxes by 3
cents per gallon. The rates would change based on inflation, The Associated
Other ideas include shifting sales taxes on vehicle sales
and repairs from the state's general fund to pay for roads. The switch would
require legislators to find additional revenue elsewhere to make up for the
shortfall in the general fund.
Doubling the cost of driver's licenses and reducing a
depreciation allowance that people now get when registering vehicles also were
suggested; as was tapping into the state's budget surplus to jump start
roadwork throughout the state.
The proposals would bring in about $300 million initially
and increase over time.
Transportation officials said the revenue enhancers could be
used to pay off a bond issue that would cover a large part of various highway
"super-projects," The AP reported.
The recommendations from the panel will be reviewed Tuesday,
Dec. 5, by the state Transportation Board. The Legislature and governor-elect
Jim Gibbons, who opposes new taxes, would have the final say on the proposals.