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Clarksville City Council supports Tennessee Road Funding Plan

City of Clarksville - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan and the Clarksville City Council have approved a resolution supporting Governor Bill Haslam’s goal to revamp transportation funding in Tennessee.

The governor’s IMPROVE Act, the top priority of his legislative agenda this year, is a revenue-neutral plan to cut taxes on food, manufacturing and business while providing a sustainable increase in funding for the state’s transportation network.

Clarksville leaders back goals of Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam’s IMPROVE Act.
Clarksville leaders back goals of Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam’s IMPROVE Act.

The bill advanced this week on a close vote in the House Transportation Committee and more action is expected.

Haslam’s proposal cuts taxes by an estimated $270 million annually.

These cuts include:

  • $113 million by reducing business taxes for manufacturers.
  • $55 million by cutting the sales tax on groceries by a half percent .
  • $102 million by cutting the Hall income tax 3 percent over the next two years.

The plan would bring in $278 million in new dollars to fund transportation projects across the state.

These revenue sources include:

  • Increasing the road user fee by 7 cents a gallon for gas and 12 cents a gallon for diesel.
  • Increasing car registration fees by $5.00.
  • Placing a $100.00 annual fee on electric vehicles, increasing charges on vehicles using alternative fuels, and placing a 3 percent charge on rental cars.

The plan would index fuel taxes to the Consumer Price Index to keep up with the rate of inflation and also change the open container law to allow TDOT to use $18 million in existing federal funds on roads.

In a provision important to Middle Tennessee, Haslam’s plan would allows municipalities, if approved by local voters through referendum, to impose a surcharge on existing taxes that would be dedicated to public transit projects.

Here is the complete text of the resolution:

RESOLUTION 28-2016-17

 

A Resolution Expressing Support

For Increased Transportation

Funding and Local Public Transit

Referendums In Tennessee

 

WHEREAS, Clarksville, Tennessee voters have expressed great concern over the years

about adequate roads and about the safety and convenience of our

transportation infrastructure; and

 

WHEREAS, the City of Clarksville requires sustainable transportation funding to

maintain our roads and keep them safe and useful to our residents; and

 

WHEREAS, economic development relies in large part on the quality of our

transportation infrastructure; and

 

WHEREAS, the State of Tennessee has a 50-year backlog of transportation projects

under the current funding system covering 962 outstanding projects in all

95 Tennessee Counties; and

 

WHEREAS, approximately 1,300 miles of Tennessee roads and bridges require work

that cannot presently be funded under the existing system; and

 

WHEREAS, the Clarksville City Council seeks high-quality jobs, access to higher

education, and the best possible quality of life for our residents; and

 

WHEREAS, long commute times between Middle Tennessee counties lessen the quality

of life for our residents, taking parents away from their children and families

away from community activities; and

 

WHEREAS, a lack of adequate transportation funding keeps projects from being

completed that would make roads and bridges safer for our residents; and

 

WHEREAS, local voters, through referendums at the ballot box, have the wisdom to

decide investment in public transportation options for our community.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CLARKSVILLE, TENNESSEE:

 

That the Clarksville City Council, along with other legislative bodies of local government

in our region, support the principles and goals of Governor Bill Haslam’s IMPROVE Act

to revamp transportation funding in Tennessee to the betterment of the residents of our

cities and county.

 

ADOPTED: March 2nd, 2017

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