Transportation Funding Talking Points

The League supports legislation that preserves local control of transportation planning, provides for a more equitable transportation funding formula between municipalities and counties, and provides for additional dedicated revenue options for municipal transportation infrastructure and transit projects.

With 112.8 million visitors each year and more than 1,000 people moving to Florida each day, the state’s transportation infrastructure is taking a beating.

Recent data show that gas tax revenues at both the state and federal levels have continued to decline, primarily due to an increase in the number of fuel-efficient vehicles. More fuel-efficient vehicles mean less gas is being purchased, resulting in lower gas tax revenues.

The current transportation funding formulas do not take into account lane miles, traffic counts or other measures related to use and/or maintenance need. By including these elements into the calculations that determine the distribution of transportation funding, cities will be able to more effectively address their transportation needs.

Counties have several local option gas taxes available to them. Municipalities lack the authority to impose these fuel taxes. This can be problematic when there are disparities between the transportation needs of municipalities versus those of the more rural areas of the county.

An alternative way to assist local governments would be for the state to provide a mechanism for low-interest loans or grants for transportation projects.