Distributing State Road Use Tax Funds to Counties, HR-386, 1996

(1996) Distributing State Road Use Tax Funds to Counties, HR-386, 1996. Transportation, Department of

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Abstract

Iowa's county road system serves many critical functions in a changing environment. Many counties with very different social, economic, and demographic circumstances do not have adequate resources to provide the desired level of service on their secondary road systems. How the state's Road Use Tax Fund (RUTF) is distributed among counties is therefore of great importance. This report presents the results of a year-long study of how to distribute RUTF resources among Iowa's 99 counties. The project was undertaken at the request of county engineers who wish to replace the current method of allocation with one that is more stable, comprehensible, and predictable. This report describes the current allocation method, examines how other states distribute road funds to counties, and discusses potential allocation factors that could be included in a revised procedure. The process undertaken to narrow the range of possible formulas and determine the one to recommend is summarized. Finally, the report presents the allocation formula recommended by the project advisory committee, along with how it would operate.

Item Type: Departmental Report
Keywords: Counties, County roads, Financing, Taxes, Fund allocations
Subjects: County government > County finance and audits
Transportation
Transportation > Roads and highways
Transportation > Research
Transportation > Data and Information Technology
Transportation > Law and policies
ID Code: 16288
Deposited By: Iowa DOT Library
Deposited On: 11 Mar 2014 11:59
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2014 12:08
URI: http://publications.iowa.gov/id/eprint/16288