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How can state highway agencies benefit from cash counter machines?

State highway and transportation organizations can save valuable time and resources by investing in automated cash counter machines to easily count income received through toll systems.

According to Stateline, the online news publication of the Pew Charitable Trust, many states have charted a significant decline in spending over the last several months as funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which served as a large-scale economic stimulus, dry up. For instance, state expenditures of federal money dropped 9.1 percent in 2012, while income from state taxes and other sources failed to offset those trends.

Looking for more income
As a result, state governments are looking for creative ways to establish new revenue channels and avoid dependence on federal stimulus money. One increasingly popular solution is to establish tollways on roads that experience heavy traffic on a regular basis. USA Today said the the federal gas tax has been relatively ineffective in raising substantial amounts of money for state highway agencies in recent years. Americans are not only driving less, but they are also purchasing more fuel-efficient vehicles that require less gas in the first place. These trends have made it more difficult for states to come up with the money necessary to fund various infrastructure improvement projects. Many governments have ultimately turned to tolls as the next best option. In fact, USA Today cited recent data from the National Conference of State Legislatures that said 42 states, as well as Washington, D.C., now have active tolling infrastructure on local highways.

Transportation agencies have a variety of options available for accepting toll money. However, cash continues to be one of the most common methods. While electronic cards are useful for residents who commute to and from work on specific roadways every day, state governments still have significant opportunities available to collect cash from visitors and residents who don't travel through tollways on a regular basis. Counting totals at the end of the day can quickly become a time-consuming process without the proper technological tools in place. By investing in advanced money counters, employees from state agencies can save substantial amounts of time completing backroom tasks that would otherwise require hours of complicated work. Counting daily income from highway tolls in an efficient and accurate way is essential for state governments that are already experiencing the effects of limited revenue. An automated cash counter is a reliable way to reduce overhead operational costs. 

December 2, 2013