Transportation Sales Tax

On February 15, 2022, the County Board conducted a Public Hearing to receive public comment on the extension of a Transportation Sales Tax; and adopted a 2023-2032 transportation tax program of projects and authorized continuation of a transportation sales tax in Scott County.

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In May 2015, the County Board adopted the Transportation Sales Tax with a sunset date of December 31, 2022 by Resolution 2015-067. In February 2022, the County Board extended the sales tax thru 2032 by Resolution No. 2022-054.  Currently, the sales tax generates an average $10-11 million of revenue annually. 

Since its enactment in 2015, the revenue has been used to complete major regional projects. The Transportation Sales Tax has leveraged over $100 million in state and federal highway investment in Scott County during the last seven years. This level of investment was driven by Transportation Sales Tax Funds being available to match state and federal grants. It has helped the County to advance important projects that the State would not otherwise have done in the County.

The extension of the transportation sales tax is focused on finishing the work identified in the early 2000’s, through SCALE efforts and corridor studies on the principal arterial corridors in the County (TH 169, TH 13, CH 17 & CH 8). There are 12 projects remaining from these corridor studies that clearly promote regional mobility, safety, and economic development throughout the County. These regional projects are more likely to leverage regional, state and federal funding.  Having the transportation sales tax enables Scott County to be able to compete for those funds without risking  needed investments in the County highway system.

The sales tax has allowed the Scott County State Aid and Levy funds in the Road and Bridge Fund, programmed annually through the Transportation Improvement Program, to remain focused on keeping the County highway infrastructure in good repair countywide.  The Road and Bridge Levy has not had to increase to meet these regional project matches.  Overall, with the sales tax covering the larger regional projects, the County can be more responsive with its regular highway investment program and fund smaller intersection safety improvements, turn lanes, and trail gap projects that cities and townships periodically request to meet local community development needs.  Because of the Sales Tax, the County has not had to increase the Property Tax levy going to transportation. Today it is less than what went to transportation in 2000.

The County received resolutions from all 8 cities in the County supporting the program of projects and the extension of the Transportation Sales Tax until 2032. Additionally, the County had discussions with the Scott County Association of Leadership and Efficiency (SCALE) and held three separate board workshops to discuss the continuation of the Transportation Sales Tax for the purpose of completing these important regional safety and mobility projects on key corridors in the County:  Trunk Highway (TH) 169, TH 13, County Highway (CH) 17 and CH 8.