G 824.7 S963t 1986 c.4
CMI Corporation December 8, 1986
The Honorable Henry Bellmon
Post Office Box 54887
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73154
Dear Mr. Bellmon:
Attached is the report of the Transition Survey Team for the Department
of Transportation. The report contains answers to your specific questions
and an appendix containing responses to questions which I posed to the
individual teanu members based on their particular areas of job experience
and professional expertise.
Thank you for asking me to chair the survey team. Thank you too for the
excellent team members you provided. Their knowledge and hard work made
my job easy and enjoyable. The cooperation of Department of Transportation
Director Verne Bradley and his staff also made the teamTs work go smoothly.
The most important element of our report is its response to question
number nine in which we recommend increases in the state gasoline and
diesel fuel user fees to fund a restoration of the state's highway
maintenance and construction budget to Fiscal Year 1986 levels.
We offer two proposals; one calling for a gradual replacement of General
Revenue Funds with staged increases (5c over three years) in the user
fee and the other calling for an -immediate withdrawal from the
appropriations process in exchange for an immediate 5c per gallon user
fee increase.' Both plans recommend that the State Legislature continue
to fund any lake and industrial access programs from the General Revenue
The gradual method would return $146,736,475 to the General Revenue Fund
over three years for use by other agencies. The immediate withdrawal
would return $184,730,000.
In Fiscal Year 1987 Oklahomans will spend $53.29 per capita to fund
state highways, which places us 48th or 49th when compared to all other
states. If our accelerated plan were implemented Oklahoma's per capita
contribution would go up $14.68 to $67.97 and place us somewhere around
40th when compared to other states.
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