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Fort Dodge road revenues remain flat

$2,642,000 road use tax budget proposed for 2013-2014

December 18, 2012
By BILL SHEA ( , Messenger News

Minimal increases in revenue from the state's gasoline tax mean the city of Fort Dodge won't be using it to pay for road construction in the next fiscal year, under a budget proposal introduced Monday.

The city gets a portion of gasoline tax money and vehicle registration fees through an account called the road use tax. But that is now ''a flat revenue source at this point,'' Jeff Nemmers, the city clerk and finance director, told the City Council Monday.

The road use tax will remain the source of money for everyday street maintenance performed by the Public Works Department, but it will not pay for construction projects. The current budget includes $185,000 in road use tax money for construction.

The 1 percent local option sales tax already pays for many road projects.

The budget plan introduced Monday calls for spending $2,642,000 in road use tax money in 2013-2014.

The current budget is $2,546,093.

The expenditures proposed for the next fiscal year include:

The budget envisions buying a light duty pickup, a 1-ton capacity truck and a vehicle for the city engineer's office.



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