A proposed bill at the Arkansas State Capitol would work to put more money toward improving roads and bridges across the state.
Representative Dan Douglas of Benton County said the bill was proposed following a lot of discussion in the legislative session to find a solution for highway funding.
Douglas said in the past, road funding comes from fuel tax, however, with vehicles becoming more fuel efficient and the cost of construction rising, a new funding method needs to be explored.
“Currently, we’re spending ninety percent of the money on fifty-two percent of the roads and eighty-two percent of our roads are in fair to poor condition,” Douglas said. “And we have got to come up with a way to maintain them.”
Douglas said the proposed bill would fund roads by using general revenue funds after a sales tax target is met of $2.5 billion.
Additionally, tax payers would be asked to pay an additional 3.5% on wholesale fuel prices or about a nickel per gallon.