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When was the first gasoline tax in California passed?

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The first gasoline tax in California was passed in 1923, according to the California Department of Transportation's website. The initial tax, which was set at two cents per gallon, was established to fund the expansion of the state highway system.

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Per the California Department of Transportation's website, legislation accompanying the first gas tax created the "Motor Vehicle Fuel Fund," which funneled some of the tax revenue directly to counties within the state and other tax revenue to the "State Highway Maintenance Fund." The website also notes that the latter fund used its portion of the gasoline tax revenue for the maintenance, reconstruction, resurfacing, repair and widening of state highways, roads and highways in state parks.

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