Raising motor fuel taxes is not the only means of funding Iowa’s critical transportation needs, but the alternatives – bonding, tolling and sales taxes, for example – come with their own shortcomings, the state’s transportation chief told lawmakers Monday.
Department of Transportation Director Paul Trombino III didn’t rule out pursuing some combination of motor fuel taxes and alternative funding sources.
Tolls are sometimes advocated as a way to capture revenue from through traffic, However Trombino warned Iowa’s grid system of roads that allow fluid north-south, east-west movement would make it easy for motorists to avoid the toll ways. “You would have to create such a high price for the toll that it wouldn’t necessarily make revenue,” he said.
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