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Shackleford co-sponsors legislation to bring more road funding to Marion County

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State Rep. Robin Shackleford (D-Indianapolis) co-sponsored Senate Bill 283, which passed through the House of Representatives today, which will change the road funding for Marion County and bring $8 million in tax revenue to the county.

The bipartisan piece of legislation will require Marion County to receive a distribution of money from the motor vehicle highway account based on population. Shackleford issued the following statement today upon the passage of the bill:

“This bill is a fantastic way to ensure Marion County gets its fair share of road funding. The longtime formula the state has used for road funding has made it so Marion County – the most populated county in the state – gets less funding for roads based on vehicle miles traveled due largely to the number of lanes on our roads compared to roads in more rural counties. By basing it on population, this bill will make it easier for Marion County to do upkeep on our roads. Having adequate funding for roads and sidewalks makes drivers, cyclists and pedestrians safer. At a time when traffic fatalities are rising, we need to be doing everything we can to improve our roads, and this legislation is a way to do that. I am very proud to have co-sponsored this bill, as I know it will have a tremendous impact on the county and the people who live and work here.”

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