TR-15-3-Raise Gas Tax, Support Of

WHEREAS the Highway Users Tax Fund (HUTF) finances our nation’s transportation infrastructure by taxing each gallon of gas purchased, including diesel, and

WHEREAS the State of Colorado has not raised the state gas tax or indexed it for inflation since 1992, and

WHEREAS the federal government has not raised or indexed the gas tax for inflation since 1993, and

WHEREAS the HUTF is not sufficient to maintain, operate and build new capacity to our existing infrastructure, and

WHEREAS continuing resolutions by the U. S. Congress does not give any predictability to CDOT and contractors hired by CDOT to build and maintain our transportation infrastructure, and

WHEREAS the state of Colorado is falling further and further behind without sufficient funding to keep up with population increases and price increases to build and operate our highway systems.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that CLUB 20 supports raising the Colorado gas tax to be used for highway projects and maintenance and encourages the legislature to regularly review and consider future inflation, adjusting the gas tax necessary,  and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that CLUB 20 does not support using any existing or future gas tax money for anything other than transportation pertaining to highways and roads, and 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that CLUB 20 encourages CDOT and state government to embark on a public education campaign to alert the public to the issue of transportation funding pertaining to highways and roads.

Adopted 9/11/2015