Fuel tax increase plan gets court OK

Wednesday, February 9th 2005, 9:49 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A proposal to ask voters to increase the sales tax on gasoline and diesel is a step closer to appearing on an election ballot.

The state Supreme Court says a petition drive asking for the vote has enough signatures.

The next step is for the secretary of state to publish a notice that citizens have ten days to file a protest to the petition.

The petition circulated by the group Oklahomans for Safe Bridges and Roads calls for the state's 17-cent per gallon gas tax and 14-cent per gallon diesel tax to increase to 22-cents per gallon. The money would be used for highway and bridge programs.