A: The highway department does not receive any of your property tax. The Highway Department receives a portion of the gas and motor fuel tax which is administered by the Tennessee Department of Revenue. Tennessee’s fuel taxes were last raised in 1989. Drivers in Tennessee currently pay 21.4 cents per gallon of gas and 18.4 cents per gallon of diesel.
We also receive a portion of the mineral severance which is collected and distributed by the Tennessee Department of Revenue. The mineral severance tax is a tax levied on sand, gravel, sandstone, chert, and limestone sold in Fentress County.
As you can see there has not been an increase in fuel tax since 1989, vehicles are getting better mileage and therefore not using as much.fuel. At the same time the cost of supplies and materials has tripled, leaving us with less money to maintain the roads.