New gas tax for I-81 funding rankles some Virginia counties

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Some local governments along Virginia’s Interstate 81 corridor are balking at a new state law that raised their fuel tax rate to help pay for improvements to the highway.

The Roanoke Times reports the law has rankled some of the dozen counties that are subject to the regional fuel tax even though they aren’t crossed by the interstate. A number of boards of supervisors have adopted or are considering resolutions urging the General Assembly to reevaluate the legislation, which went into effect in July.

Sen. Mark Obenshain told the newspaper he plans to propose legislation next year to exempt localities that aren’t crossed by I-81.

The interstate runs about 325 miles (523 kilometers) through Virginia from Bristol to the West Virginia line north of Winchester.

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Information from: The Roanoke Times, http://www.roanoke.com

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