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Senate Democrats outline road funding proposal

Posted at 8:03 PM, Jan 06, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS -- A proposal would infuse $245 million into local road repairs. 

Senate Democrats are outlining a plan to fix city and county roads and bridges using money from local option income tax reserves. 

The proposal offers incentives to local governments to plan for future, long-term needs. 

One option is imposing or raising an excise or wheel tax. Another would be holding a referendum on directing some property tax revenue to road repairs. 

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Municipalities could also adopt a local option gas tax. 

"We can't afford to allow this to happen again. So, any practical solution to this has to include some long-term solutions, so in another ten years, we're not back here or before that even," Senator Tim Lanane said. 

Senate Republicans have outlined a plan of their own to direct $418 million to funding local governments for short-term maintenance needs. 

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