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
"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
That's good because other sources of funding are drying up, Voges
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
The rental car tax was tagged onto a turnpike restoration bill passed by the Legislature during this year's session.