NEED FOR MORE MONEY TO SUSTAIN ROAD PROGRAM

A money crunch is described that has been caused by inflation, soaring costs and more miles. Two alternate plans are described which have been prepared for submission to the Wyoming Legislature by the Highway Department, which would bring many million dollars in additional funds for maintenance and construction of Wyoming's roads. The Highway Commission has now released details of a plan they will recommend that is designed to generate $30 million in additional revenues in 1975. The plan would bring in $34.7 million per year five years from now. The proposal involves following: 5 percent increase in commercial vehicle fees; tax; 50 percent increase in commercial vehicle fees; doubling of motor vehicle registration fees; funding of the Highway Patrol entirely from the State's general fund; and the funding of administrative costs of the Revenue Department's highway use tax collection efforts from the general fund. This revenue package will cost the average motorist driving 10,000 miles per year about $46 annually. The observation is made that the money outlay for routine and special maintenance has risen out of proportion to the growth of the highway system. Actual figures are discussed and the projected maintenance budget for 1975 is set at $13.9 million. Examples are given of the soaring costs of materials and equipment. Traffic service costs, lighting maintenance costs, and rest area maintenance are discussed as well as the declining purchasing power of the dollar.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Wyoming State Highway Department

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  • Publication Date: 1974-9

Media Info

  • Features: Photos; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 2-4
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 24
    • Issue Number: 4

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00264898
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Feb 11 1975 12:00AM