Transportation bill filed to raise gasoline prices

Published: Mar. 15, 2016 at 8:06 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 12, 2016 at 8:06 PM CDT
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ALABAMA (WAFF) - You could end up paying more for gasoline under a transportation tax bill filed in the Alabama legislature.

The bill by State Rep. Mac McCutcheon would raise the state fuel levy to the regional average of the four states that border Alabama.

If the full legislature approves the new gasoline and diesel fuel excise taxes, the six cent per gallon increase would kick in Oct. 1.  A provision in the bill allows the levy to automatically adjust every few years to maintain the border state average.  Any of the increases could be stopped by a vote of the legislature should the need arise.

McCutcheon introduced the bill Tuesday after hosting a series of town hall meetings on a proposal to raise the tax for the first time since 1992 to pay for road maintenance and construction.

"Because Alabama lacks the funding necessary to provide even the barest maintenance on highways, bridges, and other roadways, the long-term costs will be exponentially higher if we do not take action now," said McCutcheon in a news release.

His bill is already getting support from the Alliance for Alabama Infrastructure.

"It will help promote public safety, spark economic growth and improve quality of life,"  said Jim Page, a spokesperson for the Alliance.

The bill also calls for an annual fee on alternative fuel vehicles of $100 per year. That fee kicks in for vehicles that are powered by electric, hybrid electric or solar power.

The bill has been referred to the House Committee on Transportation, Utilities and Infrastructure for consideration.

To view the bill, click here.

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