Representatives from the Wyoming Department of Transportation spoke to the Johnson County Commissioners at their last meeting, updating them on current year funding, trends they see in the near future, and what impacts the recent fuel tax increase may have on their budgets and future projects in the state.
According to Mark Gillett, WyDOT District Four Engineer, anticipated funding in FY 2013 will be $588.5 million, of which, 50% will be used for highway improvement projects and 17% will be used for regular maintenance. The rest is used in administration and other areas.
Gillett said WyDOT is aware there will be an increase in funding due to the increase in fuel taxes passed by the Legislature this year, but they are taking a conservative approach to that funding at least in planning, until they have a better understanding of how the increase will affect them.
Projections for FY 2014 (Oct. 1, 2013-Sept. 30, 2014) show approximately $71.9 million in increased collections from the 10-cent increase in the fuel tax. WyDOT will see an increase in revenue of $47.4 million, Counties will see $16.4 million, Cities will get $6.8 million, and State Parks will receive $1.9 million. Again, these are projected increases over existing funding from the fuel tax increase.
Due to funding constraints, WyDOT is continuing to move from a Transportation Improvement Program to a Pavement Preservation Program. State Transportation Improvement Plan (STIP) Funding for District Four, which includes Sheridan and Johnson Counties, was $55 million in 2012, will remain at $55 million in 2013 and is projected to stay at $55 million in 2014.