Utah House and Senate may merge competing gas tax bills


Utah’s House and Senate have approved competing bills changing the state’s gas tax to help pay $11 billion in needed road and bridge repairs in the decades ahead. The Senate voted 20-5 Monday to pass a bill increasing the fuel tax by .05 cents this July.

After that, the tax would rise .01 cent per year until the summer of 2019 when it reaches .33.5 cents.

The House voted 51-22 Monday night to approve a bill changing the current tax from a flat rate to a percentage that can adjust with the price of fuel.

Lawmakers say they plan to merge the bills in a compromise and local Representative Jack Draxler, R-District 3, goes along with that.

“As a former mayor I think it’s crucial that we do more somehow for local B and C road funds. Those are county and city road funds.”

Diesel fuel would see a similar graduated increase up to .29 cents in 2019 under the new bill.

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