Gas taxes drop not as sharp as expected
July 23, 2020
The drop in state gas taxes coming to Whitman County because of less driving during the virus shutdowns appears to be lower than previously thought.
Citing a monthly report from the state CRAB (County Road Administration) board, Mark Storey, Public Works Director, estimates the local shortfall at $800,000, compared to the previous $1.2 million.
The estimates, drawn from traffic counts in the Puget Sound area, turned out less than the actual driving that took place.
Overall, statewide gas taxes provide about $4.5 million per year to Whitman County for road work.
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