Fuel Tax Sends Colorado Road Officials to Washington D.C.

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Frisco, Colo. (AP) -- Colorado Highway and Transportation officials are headed to Washington to fight for an extension of the federal fuel tax. Congress must extend the tax or it expires September 30th. The Colorado Department of Transportation receives nearly $400 million a year from the federal fuel tax. The Summit Daily News reports that
officials from the Colorado Transportation Commission, the Denver Regional Council of Governments, the Colorado Department of Transportation, the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, and Colorado Counties Incorporated are meeting with Colorado Congress members about the tax. Congress has yet to agree on a budget that would extend the fuel tax. Summit County Commissioner Dan Gibbs said he hopes that Congress will reach an agreement in time to preserve Colorado's road money.

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  • by fed up on Sep 8, 2011 at 04:49 AM
    John, that's how every sector of the government works. If they don't use the money in the budget allocated for that year the budget will be cut for the next. So, spend spend spend. It is a financial behavior that will ensure our government never gets smaller or more responsible, it's sick.
  • by John Location: Grand Junction on Sep 7, 2011 at 12:50 PM
    Double D-You forgot about the hundreds of millions in the tobacco settlement that was used to resurface roads that were only 3 or 4 years old and hadn't even faded to gray yet. When that tobacco money came in I shook my head in wonder as I drove around Western Colo. and saw them resurfacing roads that were virtually new, rather than saving it for real road projects in the future. Any money Colorado gets they blow as fast as they can as if they're afraid that if they don't spend it quick someone else will take it away from them like a pack of dogs fighting over food.
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      by Shelby on Sep 7, 2011 at 02:40 PM in reply to John
      Well, that's problem, if the money isn't spent, it goes to other projects. Sad as that is. It becomes a "use or lose" situation. So, yeah, they use it on roads that don't need it (rather than resurfacing roads that do, but aren't used by certain factions in our communities).
  • by Anonymous on Sep 7, 2011 at 12:41 PM
    If it's our money, why do we send it to DC to begin with? And how much of a cut do they take to give us our money back?
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      by tenthfan on Sep 8, 2011 at 06:28 AM in reply to
      Great point, we send it to Washington and then they dole it out as they see fit, not necessarily for interstate highways or even roads. (fast track comes to mind) If this state needs money for roads, let's have a small increase in the STATE gas tax and keep the money here to use wisely. (wise and government, oxymoron, I know)
  • by Double D Location: GJ on Sep 7, 2011 at 10:15 AM
    Never enough Colorado? We know the Fees (Hidden Tax) that you have imposed on us so we could meet our needs for better roads and bridges, and then we had stimulus money come in from the Feds to build roads and bridges. And now your heading to Washington to BEG for more. Something is really out of balance here in Colorado. We have millions that have no money to travel as well as Colorado citzens that are out of work and have cut their driving way back both for business and pleasure. I would find it ironic as more people turn to beans and rice that we are out giving a coat of wax to guard rails and buying land to build more roads. Colorado better face the facts.....The Federal money machine is drying up. And to run a state with a foundation made of Fiat dollars (Paper) is both ridiculous and foolish.
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      by jj on Sep 8, 2011 at 09:05 AM in reply to Double D
      It's mine, Mine, MIne, MINe, MINE! I'm going to rat-hole it and then have my coffin lined with gold. That way, when I get to the Pearly Gates, I can BUY my way in!
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