Based on public feedback since publishing our infographic, we’ve found an opportunity to more accurately portray this complicated information. We are sharing before and after images of our correction to show how we have improved our infographic based on public input.
We’d like to share our reasons for making the corrections we did:
- Categorizing bonds as a user fee. We originally categorized “bonds” as a non-user fee. Based on the source of revenue that ODOT relies on to repay bonds, this was inaccurate.
- “Transportation” costs versus “road” costs. The first version of our graphic implied to some that ODOT’s revenue addresses “road” costs, when the picture is actually much more broad. The revenue also pays for things such as trails and other transportation facilities out of the on-road right-of-way.
- Percentage of User Fees versus General Funds. In order to make sure we’re categorizing User Fees and General Funds accurately, here’s a list of what we’ve included in each category, based on information from ODOT’s 2011-2013 financial reporting:
- User Fees
- Motor Fuels Tax
- Part of Federal Funds (portion from Highway Trust Fund)
- Weight Mile Tax
- Driver and Vehicle License & Fees
- Bond/COP Sales
- General Funds
- Part of Federal Funds (portion not from Highway Trust Fund)
- Other Transfers to ODOT (includes cigarette tax, local government match on construction projects, Parks & Rec fee collection)
- General Fund
- Lottery Proceeds
- Sales and Charges for Service
- All Other Revenue
- User Fees