WINNIPEG, Man. – Manitoba has completed its first fuel tax accountability report, and it has given itself top marks as a result.
The province says it has invested $80 million more in roads and transportation than it received in fuel taxes during 2004-2005. Finance Minister Greg Selinger released the numbers as a new requirement in the province under the Gas Tax Accountability Act.
“The Gas Tax Accountability Act which was passed by our government in 2004 dedicates all provincial road-use fuel taxes to roads, highways and transportation systems,” said Selinger. “It also ensures the provincial government is accountable annually to Manitobans for all road-use fuel taxes collected and invested.”
In 2004-2005 the province shelled out more than $299 million in roads, highways and transportation systems, Selinger said. That compared to about $218 million collected through gas and diesel taxes.
Selinger added Manitoba has the second lowest provincial fuel taxes in the country. It’s a flat 11.5 cents per litre and doesn’t fluctuate with rising fuel prices, he pointed out.
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