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Impact of HURF Shifts on Arizona Counties

Arizona’s Highway User Revenue Fund (HURF) consists of monies collected from taxes on motor fuels, as well as fees and charges related to registering and operating motor vehicles. While the state collects revenues, funds are allocated to cities and towns, counties, and to the State Highway Fund. Generally, 19% of the HURF revenue collected is distributed to counties. Pursuant to A.R.S. § 28-6540, the amount each county receives is “based on the proportion… of motor vehicle fuel…and the estimated consumption of use fuel in the county”, as well as “the proportion that the population of the unincorporated area of each county bears to the population of the unincorporated areas of all counties in the state”.

In the 1990’s, the state began to shift HURF revenues from the fund to DPS Highway Patrol during economic downturns, thus making funds unavailable for counties. In times of economic expansion, these monies are diverted back to HURF. Since FY 2012, counties have not received substantial HURF revenue funds due to these shifts. As part of her FY 2015 budget, Governor Jan Brewer acknowledges that the HURF shift should be eliminated; however, it does not fit her policy agenda for the year. On the other hand, the state’s Joint Legislative Budget Committee (JLBC) has expressed wide bipartisan support for eliminating the shift in FY 2015.

According to JLBC, since FY 2000, counties have foregone $159.4 million from HURF. The table below details the amount of monies shifted away from HURF to DPS, MVD, the General Fund, and to a Highway Hazards Assessment in FY 2008, as well as how much counties did not, but were due, to receive.

Fiscal Year

Total Amounts Shifted to All Sources

County Impact (19% of Total)

2014

$109,247,100

$20,756,900

2013

109,873,000

20,875,900

2012

201,894,700

34,260,000*

2011

69,215,700

13,151,000

2010

68,626,200

13,039,000

2009

74,949,500

14,240,400

2008

150,000

28,500                      

2007

0

0

2006

53,999,300

10,259,900

2005

42,216,300

42,216,300

2004

38,698,000

7,352,600

2003

44,416,200

8,439,100

2002

42,065,600

7,992,500

2001

2,500,000

475,000

2000

2,500,000

475,000

Total

$860,351,600

$159,376,800

Source: AZ Joint Legislative Budget Committee
*In FY 2012, under a MVD funding shift, $4.1 million was distributed to the 10 least populated counties, thereby reducing the total shift impact.


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