Study underway to reassess gas tax

CREDIT: Mike PolhamusVTdigger.com, October 2015

Another source of money is needed to pay for road maintenance and improvement, and a study is underway to figure out what it should be.

Vermonters are driving fewer miles and using less gasoline, and the resulting decrease in gas tax revenue is draining transportation funding, a state transportation official said Friday at a renewable energy conference in Burlington.

Environmental groups, business interests and state agencies will meet in upcoming weeks to brainstorm a list of potential new taxes and fees to make up the difference, Vermont Agency of Transportation’s environmental policy manager, Gina Campoli, said.

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