Review of Alternative Distribution Methodologies for the Street Construction Fund of the Cities

In January of 2002, officials from Iowa's counties, cities and the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) gathered to discuss Iowa's public road system. These officials represented the 'three legs of the stool' critical to maintain and operate the public road system in Iowa. This Road Use Tax Fund (RUTF) Committee met sixteen times to identify key issues and develop recommendations. Many of their recommendations were included in legislation that was subsequently adopted by the legislature and signed by the Governor on May 23, 2003. One of the issues identified by the RUTF Committee was the need to reevaluate the distribution of city road use tax funds among cities. The street construction fund (SCF) is currently distributed based upon population. This does not take into consideration many factors which may impact the funding needs of Iowa's cities such as traffic, condition, age, number and size of structures. Previous studies have documented the need to reevaluate the distribution of the SCF and the RUTF Committee agreed. Therefore, the RUTF Committee recommended a study committee be established to evaluate alternative distribution methodologies of the SCF and make recommendations to the General Assembly by January 1, 2004. After reviewing all available information, the committee concluded that using population as a method for distributing street construction fund revenues is the most efficient and effective method and best serves the cities of Iowa.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Iowa Department of Transportation

    800 Lincoln Way
    Ames, IA  United States  50010
  • Publication Date: 2003-12-26


  • English

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Tables;
  • Pagination: 9p

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  • Accession Number: 01013293
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Created Date: Dec 16 2005 12:17PM