Governor Hogan announced yesterday the application process local governments should follow to receive the additional $25 million in local roads funding included in the fiscal 2016 budget. If all local jurisdictions apply, the funds will be distributed as follows: $4 million counties; $19 million municipalities; and $2 million Baltimore City.
From the press release,
“This administration remains committed to restoring funding levels for local road improvements and this $25 million investment is a step in the right direction,” Governor Hogan said. “Everyone in the state relies on Maryland’s roads, and this funding will help local governments deliver the quality infrastructure our citizens need and deserve.”
To be eligible to receive the funds, all jurisdictions must apply by September 30 and agree to use the funds for repairs and investments in local roads.
Historically, local governments were funded as one of the modes of transportation receiving 30% of Highway User Revenues (motor fuel tax and vehicle registration fees). The local share was slashed during the recession-driven budgets, and the former $555 million has been drastically cut back to $172 million, or 9.6%. This $25 million is in addition to that amount.
Restoring local Highway User Revenue has been a MACo priority for the past several years.