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Utah’s gas tax to increase by about 5 cents starting January 1

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Posted at 8:52 PM, Dec 30, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-30 22:52:10-05

SALT LAKE CITY — When you ring in 2016, you can expect to ring up a higher bill at the pump.

Starting January 1, Utah’s gas tax will increase by about five cents per gallon. It’s part of a tax bill signed into law in March.

The Utah State Tax Commission estimates the increase will generate about $76 million a year.

The Utah Department of Transportation plans to use a lot of the money raised for maintenance of lesser-used roads and bridges.

“This is a game changer,” UDOT Spokesman John Gleason said. “This is going to allow us the ability to get in and address, proactively, our lower-volumed roads and bridges, and let us add years of life to those roads.”

This the first time the state gas tax has been increased since 1997.