Decatur – Gas taxes are headed up as the Decatur City Council looks to generate more money for road repairs.
The council is looking at increasing motor fuel taxes by about a nickel on gasoline and a penny on diesel fuel. Decatur does not currently have a local fuel tax. There is a possibility the tax will have a sunset provision in a few years for it to expire.
The increase comes as gas tax revenues have been falling due to more fuel efficient cars and a decline in population.
The council is expected to also vote on an amendment to the gas tax ordinance that will restrict those tax dollars to be used only for road projects.