Advocacy group pushes Oklahoma fuel tax change

A nonprofit political advocacy group is recommending that Oklahoma's flat per-gallon fuel tax be converted to a percentage tax on the wholesale price of fuel as one of several ways to increase revenue for transportation infrastructure.
by Randy Ellis Modified: January 9, 2014 at 10:00 pm •  Published: January 10, 2014
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A nonprofit political advocacy group is recommending that Oklahoma's flat per-gallon fuel tax be converted to a percentage tax on the wholesale price of fuel as one of several ways to increase revenue for transportation infrastructure.

Oklahoma currently collects 16 cents per gallon on gasoline sales and 13 cents per gallon on diesel fuel sales, with an additional one cent collected on each to help clean up leaking underground storage tanks.

The Oklahoma Academy announced Thursday that it wants the state to switch to a tax on the wholesale price of fuel so that tax revenues would increase with inflation.

The Oklahoma Academy describes itself as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization founded by Gov. Henry Bellmon in 1967 to bring public attention to policy issues and promote positive change.

“While we have some dedicated funding, it's not going to be able to provide or accomplish what Oklahoma honestly needs to accomplish to be economically viable and to effectively move people and products, as well as information,” said Julie Knutson, chief executive officer of The Oklahoma Academy.

To get more money to cities and towns for road and bridge improvements, The Oklahoma Academy is recommending that the percentage of motor vehicle tax collections that goes to cities and towns be gradually raised from 3.1 percent to 13.1 percent over five years.

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by Randy Ellis
Capitol Bureau Reporter
For the past 30 years, staff writer Randy Ellis has exposed public corruption and government mismanagement in news articles. Ellis has investigated problems in Oklahoma's higher education institutions and wrote stories that ultimately led to two...
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