GOP Legislative Leaders Hoping for November Special Session to Fix Gas Tax Snafu

Utah State Capitol 23GOP legislative leaders are looking to a November special session to fix a twice-fouled-up road funding formula for cities and counties.

As first reported by UtahPolicy, between $8 million and $10 million is being shorted cities and urban counties under a formula mistakenly adopted by the 2016 Legislature.

House Speaker Greg Hughes, R-Draper, told his open caucusWednesday that the League of Cities and Towns and the Utah Association of Counties have agreed on a B&C road formula fix, initially set in a massive gasoline tax reform/hike bill in the 2015 Legislature.

Hughes hopes GOP Gov. Gary Herbert will call a November special session to fix the formula once and for all.

Unfortunately, the November interim day is the last interim committee study day before the January regular session, with a dozen committees wrapping up nine months of work.

Hughes says the special session needs to be short, hopefully with only the road funding formula on the agenda – which, as is the case in all special sessions, is set by the governor.