Those increases would raise about $77.4 million a year, and would include a $20 increase in vehicle registration fees (which would raise $26 million), a $35 increase in vehicle titles ($21 million), and a $5 a year increase in driver's license fees ($6.5 million).
In 2011, legislators passed a bill that would have increased DMV fees for the first time in nearly 40 years and raised $40 million for the state Road Fund. Tomblin, then acting governor, vetoed that bill.
Commissioners also recommended creating a $200-a-year fee on alternative-fuel vehicles, and a $100 annual fee on gas/electric hybrid vehicles.
Also, the commission proposed dedicating sales tax collections on purchases of auto parts, services or repairs to the state Road Fund, to generate about $25 million a year.
However, commission members Joe Deneault and Bob Orders pointed out that the funding proposals still fall far short of the $1.3 billion a year of additional funding that consultants said is needed to complete and maintain all state highway projects.
"We've in no way found all the funding we need to solve all the problems," Orders said.
"As a state of 1.8 million people . . . it is very difficult, if not impossible, to reach that funding level," Pizatella responded.
Commissioners rejected amendments to the plan to increase the privilege tax on vehicle purchases from 5 percent to 6 percent and to increase the state sales tax from 6 percent to 7 percent, with the additional revenue dedicated to the Road Fund.
Commissioners did approve studying various options for highway funding in the future, including the possibility of replacing the gas tax with a vehicle-miles-traveled tax, as well as dedicating a portion of a proposed Marcellus Shale natural gas Future Fund to state roads.
During the more than three-hour-long meeting, commissioners adopted most of the recommendations that they will submit to the governor later this month. However, they delayed voting on the $1 billion Parkways bond proposal until the commission's Sept. 19 meeting, to allow themselves time to study the plan in detail.
Ultimately, Pizatella said, it will be up to Tomblin to determine which proposals will be presented to the Legislature in January.
The 31-member commission includes representatives of business, labor, tourism, building contractors, the academic community, as well as legislators and members of the Tomblin administration.
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