Arizona law stretches certain permit fees to locals

By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor | Tuesday, April 10, 2012

A new Arizona law soon will 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.

Advocates said the rule allows heavier hauls without dividing truck loads from Mexico through the Mariposa Port of Entry to be off-loaded into warehouses near Nogales. They also said the rule enhances security by sealing the trucks at the point of loading the produce.

Gov. Jan Brewer signed into law a bill to require ADOT to share permit revenue with Santa Cruz County and the city of Nogales. The change takes effect this summer.

Previously SB1232, the new formula routes 50 percent of permit fees to the state’s highway fund. The county and the city of Nogales will split the rest.

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