Hendry - Glades Counties Missing Out On Fuel Tax Money
LABELLE, FL. -- Hendry and Glades county may be missing an opportunity to collect extra taxes from motorists. State law allows county governments the authority to impose up to 12 cents of local option fuel taxes via three separate levies. Local option fuel tax impositions shall be, according to state law, levied before July 1st of each year to be effective January 1st of the following year.
Hendry county currently levies nine cent per gallon of fuel raising an estimated $1,805,188 in fuel taxes this year. Glades county levies seven cents per gallon raising about $392,967. All neighboring counties are taxing the maximum 12 cent per gallon, including Lee, Collier, Charlotte, and Palm Beach county.
Hendry county could raise an additional $398,098 by taxing the extra three cents per gallon allowed by law, while Glades county would raise an additional $152,971 by taking advantage of the additional five cents in fuel taxes allowable.
According to law, the fuel tax proceeds shall be used for transportation expenditures needed to meet the requirements of the capital improvements element of an adopted comprehensive plan or for expenditures needed to meet the immediate local transportation problems and for other transportation-related expenditures that are critical for building comprehensive roadway networks by local governments.