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DelDOT Budget Relies on Taxpayers

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02/20/2007 10:43 PM ET

DOVER- It is going to be a long road ahead for the Delaware Department of Transportation and its more than $1 billion shortfall. 

DelDOT's proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year relies heavily on tax money. The department now faces a $1.5 billion shortfall over the next six years, down from an initial shortfall of $2.7 billion. DelDOT cut back on road projects to bring that number down.

DelDOT and Gov. Ruth Ann Minner want to raise nearly a $1 billion to make up for that shortage. The plan calls for raising the gas tax by 5 cents and increasing the tolls on Route 1 by as much as $1.

DelDOT also wants to eliminate EZ-Pass discounts and increase the registration and vehicle fees at the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Since there would still be a shortfall, DelDOT would have to borrow the other $500 million.

Without that money, Minner warns that it would be difficult to maintain roads, bridges and railroad crossings. And the governor says DelDOT could lose out on $220 million in federal dollars for local projects.

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