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Las Vegas-Area Voters Agree to Keep Fuel Tax to Fund Roads

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas-area voters have agreed to continue paying a fuel tax for local road construction, maintenance and repair.

Measure 5 on the Clark County ballot passed Tuesday.

It will extend for 10 years a fuel revenue indexing program that ties fuel taxes to the rate of inflation and funnels funds into transportation projects.

Proponents called the tax the most efficient way to collect money for street and freeway work.

They project that it will generate about $300 million a year, and that nearly 200 projects could be built under the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada.

The nonprofit and nonpartisan Guinn Center for Policy Priorities estimated the measure will have motorists pay an average of 24 cents a day in gasoline taxes over the decade, or about $88 per year.

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