Oklahoma State Question 723, Transportation Taxes (September 2005)
The goal of State Question 723 was to increase fuel taxes in the state to fund the creation of the Oklahoma Bridge and Highway Trust Fund.
Text of measure
The official ballot description said:
- This measure adds a new Article XVI-A to the Oklahoma Constitution. It would enable greater building, construction and reconstruction of bridges and highways. It establishes a constitutional fund known as the Oklahoma Bridge and Highway Trust Fund. It provides for fixed percentages of existing gasoline and diesel fuel taxes to be paid into that fund. It increases the tax on gasoline and diesel fuel and requires the increased monies to be used solely to pay the costs of building, construction and reconstruction of bridges and highways. It prohibits the use of the increased gasoline and diesel fuel taxes to incur debt and protects the future funding of the Oklahoma Department of Transportation. To assure the proper use of the monies, it requires a yearly review by the State Auditor and Inspector, the State Board of Equalization, and the Oklahoma Highway Oversight Commission. It establishes the Oklahoma Highway Oversight Commission to monitor use of the monies and funding of transportation by the legislature.
Path to the ballot
289,082 signatures were filed to qualify State Question 723 for the ballot. During the period of circulation, before it was given an official ballot number, it was known as Initiative 378.