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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

Idaho Task Force on Public Transportation

Summary Report

February 2004

Subcommittee on Public Transportation Funding


Formation of the task force
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Employment Tax

  • Paid by employers based on number of employees

  • Not a tax currently found in Idaho

Subcommittee on Public Transportation Funding


Other sources
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
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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