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Car rental companies oppose bill that would allow counties to increase tax | BonitaNews.com

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The tax has the ability to raise $8 million in Lee County, most of which would go to fund transportation projects, said John Voges, director of the Lee County Metropolitan Planning Organization.

Though $8 million may not seem like a lot considering the number of projects needed in the county, a new funding mechanism would help, Voges said.
"The money that we're getting from the state Department of Transportation to do construction projects is dwindling and the cost of everything is going up," Voges said."We are constantly trying to look for additional funding mechanisms."
As Southwest Florida International Airport's business continues to grow, so too will the money for Lee County's roads, he said.
That's good because other sources of funding are drying up, Voges said.
By 2008 or 2009 the federal highway trust fund will become insolvent because Congress is taking money from the non-recurring fund without replacing it, Voges said.About 25 percent of Florida's funding for road construction comes from the federal fund, he said.
The rental car tax was tagged onto a turnpike restoration bill passed by the Legislature during this year's session.

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John Voges, director of the Lee County Metropolitan Planning Organization, warned the Southwest Regional Planning Council Thursday that the Babcock project would pose significant costs. (Charlotte Sun Herald)

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The News-Press: Bonita Springs

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"There could be potential in the future that the town of Fort Myers Beach may not get the adequate level of transportation they need because of the things that happened today," said John Voges, a county transportation leader.

"One would hope that they would at least be in the decision-making process," said Voges, MPO director.

The News-Press: Growth/Development

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John Voges, director of Lee's Metropolitan Planning Organization, ran the numbers last week then told his bosses that the tax could raise $8 million a year.

His bosses are all five county commissioners, as well as elected officials from Lee's five cities, who sit on the MPO board.

$41.5M bill, businesses standing in way of overpass | BonitaNews.com

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Although such a partnership isn't likely, the Bonita Beach Road U.S. 41 interchange could happen if a private entity teamed up with the government to build it, said Lee County Metropolitan Planning Organization Director John Voges.

"We have it as being needed; there's just no funding for it at this time," Voges said.

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