House Approves Rep. Sanders Bill to Aid Counties

OKLAHOMA CITY – Legislation approved by the Oklahoma House of Representatives would redirect 5 percent of the motor vehicle collection tax to pay for “major collector” roads.

According to state Rep. Mike Sanders, the author of House Bill 1080, collector roads are county roads that connect communities, highways and industries. Collector roads make up a total of 15,000 miles of county roadways, he said.

“Oklahoma has made great process on updating its road and bridge infrastructure, but county roads and bridges have been devastated by natural disasters,” said Sanders, R-Kingfisher. “My bill helps fund them to ensure driver safety and economic prosperity. County road and bridge work is one of the top concerns of the residents of Western Oklahoma.

From 2006 through 2010, Oklahoma has had yearly devastating disasters such as floods, snow and ice that destroy county roads and bridges.

“Counties are already maximizing their budgets just to maintain their roads and bridges from normal wear and tear,” Sanders said. “These damaged roads and bridges are not eligible for FEMA funding.”

The legislation passed unanimously and now advances to the state Senate.

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