School buses may soon be exempt from the state’s gas tax under legislation state Sen. Steven Oroho and Assemblyman Parker Space sponsor. The bill was approved today by the Assembly and now heads to the governor.
Sen. Steven Oroho and Assemblyman Parker Space sponsored legislation that would exempt school buses from the state’s gas tax. (SenateNJ.com)
“We’re now able to shift much more of the burden of paying for local transportation improvements from property taxpayers to the state,” said Oroho (R-Sussex). “Local officials can now undertake critical road and bridge repair projects without burdening property taxpayers with the full cost. This bill is another step forward in the right direction.”
Under the bill (S1697/A128), school buses transporting students to and from school or school-related activities and, those operated by religious institutions, charities, and government agencies would not be subject to the tax.
“This exemption will help districts keep costs down,” said Space (R-Sussex). “It’s a common sense tax-saving move. We already have 85 bills to lower property taxes, many with bi-partisan support. This is a good move forward, but it’s time legislative leaders called a special session to start posting these other measures for an up or down vote.”
Farm tractors, aircraft, and emergency vehicles are currently exempt. Boats used for commercial and charter fishing, and keeping shellfish beds are also exempt from the tax.Assemblyman Hal Wirths (R-Sussex) is also a sponsor.
The Senate passed the bill 36-0 in April.