TR-20-2 Transportation Funding

WHEREAS the State of Colorado and the Federal Government have not raised the gas tax since the early 1990’s, and


WHEREAS the gas tax revenues have been declining as a result of more efficient and alternative fuel vehicle, 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 do not give any predictability to CDOT contractors to build and maintain our transportation infrastructure, and


WHEREAS without sufficient funding the state of Colorado is falling further and further behind in keeping up with population and price increases to build and operate our transportation system, and


WHEREAS Club 20 has continually fought long and hard for many years to preserve our statewide transportation system and has opposed all efforts to regionalize our transportation system through Regional Transportation Authorities, which are a serious threat to rural areas of the state,




  • Club 20 supports a comprehensive and geographically balanced approach to funding a statewide transportation system which includes reasonable multiple funding mechanisms, so long as the funds are dedicated to improving the entire state transportation system, including a fair and equitable share for rural Colorado, and
  • Club 20 opposes all proposals to create new separate local taxes (RTA’s) to fund state and federal highways, and urges the General Assembly and all local governments to resist that temptation, and continue the statewide funded system under which all Coloradoans have an interest in all Colorado roads, and




  • Club 20 calls on the President of the United States, the US Congress and the Colorado State Legislature to address the lack of funding and reduced prioritization   of our transportation system with a solution to maintain and expand our state and the nation’s infrastructure, and


  • 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 as necessary, and


  • Club 20 supports raising the Colorado Sales Tax, not to exceed one cent per dollar, to be used for highway projects and maintenance, and any sales tax collected must go into the Highway Users Tax Fund, which is constitutionally protected so that it cannot be raided or used for any other purpose than road and bridge construction and repair, as well as implementing a cap on the amount of money being dedicated to transit at no more than 15% and with the added language that states that these revenues will be exempt from all Tabor caps, and


  • Club 20 supports a study of “vehicle miles traveled” (VMT) tax as long as appropriate adjustments are made to mitigate the burden on rural drivers who are faced with longer driving distances, and


  • Club 20 supports bonding against future CDOT revenue, as long as there is a stable and sustainable funding source available to repay the debt, and it will not hinder maintenance of our current transportation system now and into the future, and


  • Club 20 strongly supports legislation to authorize spending a portion of any existing or future state general fund money and/or any surplus money to address the long-term capital transportation needs of Colorado, including local road systems, and maintaining local share backs and flexible funding and that such funding be spent in accordance with the determined planning priorities, and


  • Club 20 supports a system of flexibility which would allow other revenues to be used for other transportation projects, including rail, transit, airports, trails, and other modes of transportation, and


  • Club 20 supports a bi-partisan legislative solution that includes thorough debate of all potential statewide dedicated funding sources, and may or may not include a referred measure, and


  • Club 20 encourages a robust dialogue and analysis from all agencies regarding funding mechanisms to adequately fund our local, state and federal transportation systems, and


  • Club 20 believes that any proposal to involve the tourism industry in contributing to Colorado’s transportation funding needs, should involve ALL aspects of the tourism industry (including lodging, airline tickets, rental cars, attractions, and ticket sales) and that such taxes should be prorated so as not to place a disproportionately larger tax burden on small tourism related businesses in Colorado and,


  • Club 20 urges CDOT, the private sector, transportation advocacy groups and the federal government to implement a coordinated education effort to educate the citizens of Colorado and the nation on the deteriorating condition of their transportation infrastructure, and


  • Club 20 will help to identify and build support for a long-term sustainable transportation funding solution.


*Incorporates the Following Resolutions:

  • TR-96-4, Regional and Local Gas Taxes
  • TR-06-1, State Transportation Funding
  • TR-08-2, Transportation Finance and Implementation Panel Report, Support for
  • TR-12-2, Future Transportation Funding
  • TR-15-1, Bonding for Transportation Infrastructure Improvements
  • TR-15-3, Raise Gas Tx, Support of
  • TR-16-1, Raising Sales Tax to Aid in Transportation Funding, Support for


Adopted 5/29/2020

Amended 4/8/2021

Resolution in PDF Format