Next week, both the House and the Senate will be considering bills which would restore Highway User Revenues, funds from vehicle registration fees and motor fuel taxes, to local governments.
Did you know local governments maintain 5 out of 6 road miles in Maryland? This year, we have an incredible opportunity to invest in local infrastructure and keep Marylanders safe. House Bill 1187 and Senate Bill 726 would ensure local governments have the resources they need to serve their residents well.
Restoring local Highway User Revenues (HUR) has been a MACo priority since the State slashed the local share during the recession-driven budgets. The former share of $555 million was drastically cut back, and while local governments stepped forward during the 2018 legislative session as part of a five-year funding boost, their cumulative share still trails far behind what they used to receive.
Currently, the local share is around $200 million through fiscal 2023 – and only $56 million across 23 counties. A “cliff effect” looms once that five-year funding level expires in FY 2024. With the compounding factors of a 2013 expansion of transportation revenues and additional funds recently allocated exclusively for State projects, local governments have fallen even further behind on funding owed – and desperately needed – to maintain Maryland’s roads and keep residents safe.
This is the year – SUPPORT SB726/ HB1187 to fully restore the local share of transportation infrastructure funding!
Hearings for SB 726 and HB 1187 will be held on March 9 and March 10, respectively.
County elected officials and county staff: if you are interested in signing up to testify for either hearing to show your support for the restoration of Highway User Revenues, please call MACo’s office at 410-269-0043 or email email@example.com for more details.
Read the twitter thread below from MACo Legislative Director Kevin Kinnally to learn about the background of these funds and how we are able to bring these funds back to local government.