2003 Adopted Resolutions
71st Annual Meeting
Denver

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TOWARDS GREATER FAIRNESS FOR MSA's: COUNTING NON-RESIDENT USERS

WHEREAS, the funding of numerous federal infrastructure programs are apportioned on a formulae based upon the population of the metropolitan statistical area (MSA) in which a local government is located; and

WHEREAS, the rationale for employing an MSA's population, rather than the impacted local governments' population, is to better apportion funding to the number of consumers in a given area that use or benefit from the government's infrastructure investment, and

WHEREAS, a second rationale for such a formula distribution is that while MSA residents do not live in the MSA's central city, they do contribute to the user fee revenue collected in the central city through payment of gas taxes and other dedicated user fees; and

WHEREAS, this formula has been structured to address MSAs that straddle state borders, but not MSAs that straddle international borders; and

WHEREAS, such an oversight results in local governments along the borders of Mexico and Canada being unintentionally harmed under such formulae distribution,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the United States Conference of Mayors calls upon the Federal government to examine the practice of excluding individuals from the MSA count, simply because they are not U.S. residents, even though they use and support through user fee taxes such as the gas tax, amongst others.