On Tuesday, the Idaho Senate narrowly approved the transportation funding bill that is the session’s going home bill, Senate Bill 1206, by a vote of 19-16-0. The bill now goes to the House, where it will be considered very soon.
We ask city officials to contact members of the Idaho House of Representatives as soon as possible to respectfully ask for their support of Senate Bill 1206 (a link at the bottom of this blog post provides a Word document with House members' email addresses).
Senate Bill 1206 will do the following:
Authorize up to $300 million in GARVEE bonds for state highway and freeway construction projects, which likely include repairing I-84 between Nampa and Caldwell.
Reauthorize the state surplus eliminator for two years, with the revenue split 60% to the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) and 40% to local highway jurisdictions (cities, counties and highway districts).
Dedicate 1% of state sales tax revenue to state transportation projects to enhance capacity and mitigate congestion. This diversion comes out of the state’s share of sales tax revenue after revenue sharing and does not impact local government revenue sharing.
AIC strongly supports Senate Bill 1206 for the following reasons.
The state surplus eliminator is set to sunset this year and allocates half of state general fund surplus revenue to transportation projects for ITD. None of the revenue from the surplus eliminator is currently shared with local highway jurisdictions.
Under Senate Bill 1206, surplus eliminator revenue would be split 60% to ITD and 40% to cities, counties and highway districts. The local share would be allocated in grants for road and bridge construction projects awarded based on return on investment in the following categories:
Safety, including reduction of crashes, injuries, and fatalities;
Mobility, including traffic-flow improvements for freight and passenger cars;
Enhancing economic development;
Repair and maintenance of bridges; and
Purchase of public rights of way.
A share of the surplus eliminator will help cities, counties and highway districts to address the most important road and bridge projects on the local highway system, which will save lives, strengthen our economy and improve our quality of life.
AIC also recognizes the vital importance of fixing I-84 between Nampa and Caldwell, which is a critical project for those who live and work in the Treasure Valley.
We ask city officials to contact members of the Idaho House to respectfully ask for their support of Senate Bill 1206. The link below will open a Word document with House members' email addresses.