Arizona bill stretches certain permit fees to locals

By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor | Thursday, March 15, 2012

An Arizona bill would divvy between the state and Santa Cruz County certain permit fees for agricultural loads.

The Arizona Department of Transportation now makes available a special single-trip excess weight permit for commercial vehicles traveling from Mexico into the state. To accommodate Mexico’s harvesting season, permits are limited to perishable fruit or vegetable hauls in sealed containers within the 25-mile Nogales commercial zone.

The $75 permit allows produce haulers crossing the border to exceed 80,000 pounds – up to 90,800 pounds. All revenue from the fee is routed into the state’s highway fund.

Awaiting consideration in the House is a bill that would require ADOT to share permit revenue with Santa Cruz County and the city of Nogales.

The state’s highway fund would get 50 percent of permit fees through the new formula. The county and the city of Nogales would split the rest.

Senate lawmakers already approved the bill by unanimous consent. If approved in the House, SB1232 would advance to Gov. Jan Brewer’s desk.

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