By Emma Moore, ARTBA intern
American drivers pay $274.69 annually in both state and federal gas taxes, significantly less than the cost of utilities such as water, electricity, or the internet, according to an analysis by ARTBA member firm HNTB Corporation. The average annual electric bill in the U.S. tops $1,300; phone bills about $1,200; and broadband internet another $800.
Gas taxes are a critical source of revenue for transportation construction and maintenance. However, the federal government has not raised the national gas tax since 1993, while states have aggressively pursued such revenue through legislation and referendum, as detailed by ARTBA’s Transportation Investment Advocacy Center.
“The low fuel taxes we pay are simply not enough to maintain our systems, let alone build or improve capacity,” said John Barton, senior vice president and national DOT practice leader for HNTB.