Mayor McFarland Speaks on Gas Tax Proposal

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Murfreesboro Mayor Shane McFarland stands behind Governor Haslam as he unveils the IMPROVE Act, which would, among other things, increase the gas tax to pay for transportation improvements.

Murfreesboro Mayor Shane McFarland was among the community leaders from across the state to join Governor Haslam as the IMPROVE Act was unveiled.

As part of the proposal, the gas tax would be raised by seven-cents per gallon and 12-cents on diesel.

McFarland says transportation is one of the largest issues facing the city...

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Murfreesboro, the 13th fastest growing city in the country, currently has 140-thousand residents and it's expected to grow to nearly 300-thousand in the next 25-years.

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The mayor adds he's grateful to the govenor and state lawmakers for continuing to explore transportation funding needs for communities like Murfreesboro...

Also as part of the proposal, car registration fees would increase by five-dollars and a 100-dollar annual fee on electric cars would be added, among other changes. The governor says the IMPROVE Act would add about 278-million dollars in new revenue for road improvement projects.

MAYOR SHANE MCFARLAND FROM GOVERNOR'S PRESS CONFERENCE

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