Public Transportation

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thumbs_up_icon.jpgHB109 - Motor vehicles, sales tax increase, distribution for public transportation, Secs. 40-23-101, 40-23-102, 40-23-108 am'd.

Sponsor(s): Representative Todd

Summary/Synopsis: Under existing law, sales of automobiles, motorboats, truck trailers, semitrailers, and travel trailers are taxed at two percent by the state. There is no limit on local sales tax on such sales. This bill would increase the state sales tax on such sales from two percent to four percent and would provide for distribution of the revenue from the taxes.
Revenue from the tax “shall be used for public transportation programs approved by the county within which the fee was collected, including buses, light rail, and bike paths."
League Action and Justification: LWVAL supports HB109. League “believes that the state of Alabama, like most other states, should share in the fiscal responsibility for providing public transportation as it does for highway construction. Public transportation is defined as those forms of surface transportation which serve the public as a whole as opposed to the private automobile.”

Bill Progress in Legislature: 02/07/2012: First reading and referred to the
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