David Collins, for WBAL-TV, highlights the counties’ struggles over local transportation dollars. Local governments, counties and municipalities, used to receive 30% of transportation related revenues, now they receive 9.6%. Local governments were also excluded from sharing in any of the new revenues associated with the transportation revenue bill that passed last session.
Now multiple options are being presented to get local governments back in the game. One option would be to authorize local governments to raise their own transportation dollars.
Legislation now under consideration in Annapolis would let local jurisdictions impose higher fees to pay for local highway projects because there’s not enough gas tax increase money to go around. To make up the difference, there’s a push to allow counties to raise taxes and fees for local highway needs.