Washoe Panel Suggests Fuel Tax Changes to Finance Roads

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A transportation panel is recommending Washoe
County's fuel tax structure be adjusted for inflation as a way to meet a $5.2 billion shortfall in needed road projects over the next 30 years.

The Regional Transportation Commission will consider putting the proposal before voters when it meets next week.

An advisory committee suggests local, state and federal gasoline and diesel taxes be set to inflation experienced by the construction industry.

Officials estimate the change could raise $2.6 billion between 2010 and 2040, while costing motorists about 2 cents more per gallon.

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