Maine Revised Statutes

§1653. Limitation on use of fund

All revenue received by the State from the registration of motor vehicles and the licensing of operators thereof, from the tax imposed on internal combustion engine fuel, from fines, forfeitures and costs accruing to the State under Title 29-A, section 2602, and from permits granted by the department to open highways must be segregated, allocated to and become part of the General Highway Fund created and existing by statute, and after payment and deduction from such fund of such sums as are necessary to meet all provisions of bond issues for state highway and bridge construction, the remainder of such fund must be apportioned and expended solely: [1995, c. 65, Pt. A, §62 (AMD); 1995, c. 65, Pt. A, §153 (AFF); 1995, c. 65, Pt. C, §15 (AFF).]

1. Registration and licensing.  For the cost of registering motor vehicles and licensing the operators thereof;
2. State police.  For maintenance of the State Police;
3. Administration of office.  For administration of the office and duties of the department;
[ 1971, c. 593, §22 (AMD) .]
4. Administration of fuel tax.  For administration of the tax on internal combustion engine fuel;
5. Rebates.  For payment of rebates on said tax;
6. Highways and bridges.  For the improvement, construction and maintenance of highways and bridges;
7. Snow guards.  For snow guards or removal as provided by statute.

Neither the General Highway Fund, nor any fund derived from direct taxation imposed for highway construction, bridge construction or the improvement and maintenance thereof, shall be diverted or expended, permanently, for any other purpose than set forth in this section, except that funds so segregated may be used for other appropriations but only those for which anticipated income has not been received and for which financial provision has been made by the Legislature and is forthcoming. The Treasurer of State is directed and authorized to reimburse the General Highway Fund by a deposit of the funds received from such aforesaid appropriations, the receipt of which has been anticipated, to the extent of the amounts temporarily diverted therefrom. Such deposits shall be made as soon as such revenues are collected. [1971, c. 593, §22 (AMD).]

1971, c. 593, §22 (AMD). 1995, c. 65, §A62 (AMD). 1995, c. 65, §§A153,C15 (AFF).