Proposal to increase the state's fuel tax

Saturday, January 22nd 2005, 12:00 pm
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ The Oklahoma Secretary of State's office has completed counting signatures on an initiative petition that calls for a vote of the people on a proposal to increase the state's fuel tax.

Oklahomans for Safe Bridges and Roads obtained 289,082 signatures, 69,518 more than was needed, the secretary of state's office reported Friday.

The group only had to get 219,564 signatures, representing 15 percent of 1,463,758 votes cast during the last state election.

If voters adopt the proposal, it would raise the state's 17-cent per gallon gasoline tax and 14-cent per gallon diesel tax to 22 cents each.

The office delivered its report on the signature count to Chief Justice Joseph Watt of the Oklahoma Supreme Court, where it will be examined for the sufficiency of the signatures, Secretary of State Susan Savage said.

Neal McCaleb, former secretary of transportation and leader of the petition drive, said he's pleased at how quickly the secretary of state's office completed the signature count.