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Gas Tax, Property Tax Hike Fall Short In DE

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DELAWARE - It looks like a gas tax and an annual fee for households and businesses will not be coming to Delaware in the near future.

Governor Markell proposed the tax to raise $500 million over the next five years to inject money into the state's Transportation Fund. He also hoped the fee could help pay for a plan to clean up the first state's waterways. However, because of of tight budget constraints, among other issues, the ideas fell flat.

Instead, Governor Markell made a compromise with lawmakers to raise weekend tolls on Route One from $2.00 to $3.00 to help raise funds for roadways, and hopes next legislative session, things play out differently.

"It's important for the state's economic future that we invest in our transportation system, and Delaware will be better off if we make investments in improving our water infrastructure," says Markell. "So we'll have to have continuing conversations with the General Assembly about that. They don't yet agree with it but hopefully they will."

Governor Markell says he is still pleased with a number of strides that were made this session, including plans for revitalizing a number of downtown areas throughout his "Downtown Development Districts."

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