A slight drop in WV gas tax may mean less money for road construction, repair

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va.-(WTAP) 12/2/2016

While drivers may get a slight break at the pump, there's concern about what effect a small reduction in West Virginia's gasoline tax will mean for the state's already declining road construction and repair budget.

According to figures from the state tax department, the tax on a gallon of gas will fall by one cent in January.

That would translate to a loss of millions of dollars to a highway repair and construction fund that's already seen erosion in recent years.

One local lawmaker says it's something the legislature will have to consider when it begins its 2017 session in February.

"I just know there's not a lot of support for raising the telecommunications taxes or other sales taxes," said Sen. Donna Boley (R-3rd District, Pleasants County). "I guess we'll just have to wait and see what the leadership wants to do and what the new governor wants to do."

Boley is a member of the Senate Transportation Committee.

She says the road fund is just one of many financial issues the legislature must take on in the coming year.