MORGANTOWN — The tax and fee increases that will help fund future road projects have been in effect since July 1 and will not be undone by voting down the state’s road bond amendment on Oct. 7.

This was among the talking points repeated Sept. 13 by West Virginia Division of Highways (DOH) District IV Engineer Don Williams during a presentation before the Monongalia County Commission.

Williams explained that about $130 million a year should be raised through already approved increases in the gas tax, and fees on licenses and new car purchases.

“This is already in place,” Williams said. “There is no additional fees, no additional taxes that comes as a result of passing the bond on Oct. 7.”

Passage of the bond issue will allow the state to use that additional revenue to leverage up to $1.6 billion in bonding capacity for transportation projects.