(Des Moines) Greenfield Republican Representative Clel Baudler says he is receiving pressure both pro and con on a proposed gas tax bill that is being discussed in the Iowa Legislature. Baudler says there are several organizations that are very concerned about the state’s infrastructure.
“There is a whole bunch of embargoed bridges in the county that I live in,” stated Baudler. “And a school bus, a fire truck, or a medium sized farm tractor with a loader on it, can’t legally cross it. And quite frankly this is how the people in the city get their food, up and down these roads.”
Baudler says there are other people that don’t want any new taxes ect. and feel there is a better way.
Baudler says currently Iowa’s roads are in a state of decline because the revenues in the Road Use Tax Fund are not sufficient enough to maintain the system. He adds that the tax hasn’t increased in 25 years and the Iowa DOT studies estimate that the average annual shortfall between highway funding and highway needs is approximately $215 million.
He says the funds are divided four different ways. Forty-seven-point-five-percent goes towards the primary roads in Iowa, 24.5% goes to secondary roads, 20% for city streets and 8% to farm-to-market roads. This results in an average total of $0.20 per gallon for Iowa and $0.18 per gallon for federal taxes.
Baudler is proposing the gas tax to be increased slowly over three years, (.03-cents, .03-cents, and .04-cents).
February 7, 2014