This report is the second in a series of three reports that address the issue of funding transportation infrastructure in the State of South Carolina. This report summarizes trends in state revenues used for highways from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) annual publication "Highway Statistics," and other sources. It also provides rankings of the states by the percentage of own-source state revenue in 2000 that came from individual revenue sources such as motor fuel taxes, motor vehicle registration and carrier fees, and state general funds. Detailed revenue and expenditure trends for South Carolina and all states combined are compiled for every five years between 1965 and 2000. These statistics are presented on the basis of total dollars, percentage share of total, dollars per capita, dollars per million vehicle miles traveled, and dollars per state-maintained road mile. Additional statistics are presented for the southeastern states for the year 2000. Among the findings are: (a) The state is falling further behind in terms of state transportation funding capacity. Since 1965, real (inflation-adjusted) revenues used for highways increased by 2.7% in South Carolina compared to 37.7% nationally and 51.1% in the Southeast (12 states). On a real per capita basis, state revenues fell by 36.1%. In this measure the state ranked 48th in the country and last in the Southeast in terms of real revenue growth per capita. (b) At 16.75 cents per gallon, only 5 states have a lower adjusted gasoline fuel tax (excise tax plus all other sales taxes and per-gallon fees) than South Carolina. Yet, South Carolina ranks second in the country in fuel tax dependency. Combined revenues from federal and state fuel taxes account for 88% of total state transportation revenues used for highways in South Carolina in 2000. The state's motor fuel tax alone accounts for 79.8% of state own-source revenues used for highways. That figure compares to a national average of 49.4% and a regional average of 52.0%. SCDOT currently derives 92% of its state-source revenues from the fuel tax. (c) At a 2000 highway spending level of $242 per capita, the state ranks 48th in the nation and next-to-last in the region in per capita expenditures on transportation. Low funding levels are of particular concern given South Carolina's large state-maintained road system. The state ranks last in both the region and nation in expenditures per road mile.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Clemson University

    Jim Self Center on the Future
    Clemson, SC  United States  29634-0125

    South Carolina Department of Transportation

    Silas N. Pearman Building, 955 Park Street
    Columbia, SC  United States  29202

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • London, J B
    • Saltzman, E W
    • Gunaydin, H G
    • Shah, R
    • Das Gupta, D
  • Publication Date: 2002-12-31


  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 104 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00962900
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA-SC-02-09,, Final Report
  • Contract Numbers: SPR 622
  • Created Date: Sep 24 2003 12:00AM