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Idaho Task Force on Public Transportation. Summary Report February 2004. Formation of the Task Force. 15-member statewide steering committee Formed in 2003 Collaborative effort organized by: Association of Idaho Cities Idaho Association of Counties

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Idaho Task Force on Public Transportation

Summary Report

February 2004

Subcommittee on Public Transportation Funding


Formation of the Task Force

  • 15-member statewide steering committee

  • Formed in 2003

  • Collaborative effort organized by:

    • Association of Idaho Cities

    • Idaho Association of Counties

    • Idaho Association of Chambers of Commerce

    • Kootenai Metropolitan Planning Organization

    • Idaho Association of Highway Districts

    • Idaho Transportation Department

Subcommittee on Public Transportation Funding


Task Force Responsibilities

  • Members included government, providers, and business leaders from all regions of the state

  • Public transportation expenditures

  • Inventory of services

  • Identify transportation links

  • Options for coordination

  • Recommend legislative changes

Subcommittee on Public Transportation Funding


History of Legislation

  • 1991 – Interim Committee

  • 1992 – Section 40-514 of Idaho Code

    • Interagency Working Group

    • Public Transportation Advisory Council

  • 1994 and 1995– Section 21, Chapter 40 of Idaho Code

    • Provided for formation of Regional Public Transportation Authorities

Subcommittee on Public Transportation Funding


Data Collection Process

  • Survey of transit services provided around the state

  • District focus groups

  • Summary of myths about public transportation

  • Recommended funding options to consider

Subcommittee on Public Transportation Funding


Personal Property Tax Assessed Value

  • Tax based on age and value of vehicle

  • Value goes down as vehicle ages

  • Based on local option vote by region

Subcommittee on Public Transportation Funding


Title Transfer Fee

  • Impose an additional fee on every title transfer

  • Could not raise enough as a stand alone option

  • Could be used to supplement other options and cover planning and administration in small rural systems

Subcommittee on Public Transportation Funding


Local Option Sales Tax

  • Imposes a percentage rate in addition to state tax with local jurisdiction

  • Requires vote by city or county

  • Raises adequate revenue urban areas to meet need

Subcommittee on Public Transportation Funding


Personal Property Tax on Vehicles (fixed-rate)

  • Provides for a flat rate per vehicle

  • Proposed to legislature and passed house in 1997

  • Constitutionality would have to be researched

Subcommittee on Public Transportation Funding


Gasoline Tax

  • Prohibited by Idaho Constitutionfor use other than roads and some police functions

  • Could provide adequate funding to meet need

Subcommittee on Public Transportation Funding


Vehicle Registration Fee

  • Prohibited by Idaho Constitution for use other than roads and some police functions

  • Could provide adequate funding to meet need

Subcommittee on Public Transportation Funding


Personal Income Tax

  • Geographically restricted income tax surcharge

  • May have constitutional restrictions

  • Based on estimating county share using population by per capita income weighting factor

Subcommittee on Public Transportation Funding


Employment Tax

  • Paid by employers based on number of employees

  • Not a tax currently found in Idaho

Subcommittee on Public Transportation Funding


Other Sources

  • Real property tax

    • Each jurisdiction sets levy

    • No Statutory limitation on use for PT

  • Impact fees

    • Pay for one-time infrastructure

    • Could not be used for operating expenses

  • Local option excise

    • Imposed on beer, wine and alcohol

    • Amounts generated too low to be viable

Subcommittee on Public Transportation Funding


2004 Task Force Recommendations

  • Improve education and outreach on available services

  • Provide incentives to use public transportation

  • There is solid support for public transportation

  • There is support for local funding options

    • Personal property tax on vehicles – assessed value

    • Local option sales tax

    • Title transfer fee

Subcommittee on Public Transportation Funding


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