Infrastructure is vital to the economic future of Indiana, and a key element is Indiana’s streets, roads and highways.
But ironically, because Hoosiers are driving more fuel-efficient vehicles, they are buying less fuel. That means lower fuel-tax income for the state and communities. As a result, there is less money to make needed repairs and improvements.
Roads across Johnson County are deteriorating. The repairs made often are less than engineers think appropriate for long-term purposes because governments lack the funds needed to choose the best — and more expensive — option the first time.
Johnson County and local cities have lost a total of nearly $1 million in fuel tax revenue over the past five years, and fuel tax revenues for nearly all counties have fallen to about what they were in 1999, according to Stephanie Yager, executive director of the Indiana Association of County Commissioners. The association is asking the state to come up with a plan to address the lack of funding, including possibly letting counties keep more of the fuel tax money.