mileage tax as replacement for gas tax?

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    This is interesting...

    Oregon to test mileage tax as replacement for gas tax

    By Eric Pryne
    Seattle Times staff reporter

    CORVALLIS, Ore. — Let's pretend someone waves a magic wand and turns every car into a fuel-sipping, gas-electric hybrid. What difference would it make?

    The air would be cleaner.

    Oil imports would drop.

    And the transportation budgets of Oregon, Washington and almost every other state would deflate like a punctured balloon.

    Think about it: Most money for highway construction and maintenance comes from state and federal taxes on gasoline. If people bought a lot less gas, highways would get a lot less money.

    In Oregon, a state task force has concluded this scenario isn't all that far-fetched. It has proposed a possible long-term replacement for the gas tax, something no one has tried before:

    A tax based on how many miles you drive.

    The Oregon Road User Fee Task Force has spent two years fleshing out the concept, thinking through how such a tax might be calculated and collected. Now it's ready to test its ideas in the real world.

    At the panel's request, Oregon State University researchers have developed technology that can distinguish miles driven in Oregon from those driven elsewhere, then allow a mileage tax to be calculated and paid at the pump in place of the state gas tax.

    Next year, the researchers' mileage-recording devices are to be installed on 400 private cars in Eugene. Some of the volunteers will become the first people in the country to pay road taxes based not on how much fuel they burn, but on how far they travel.

    A mileage tax has been discussed in Washington, too — not as a replacement for the gas tax, but as a supplement to it. A bill allowing the Regional Transportation Investment District to propose one to King, Snohomish and Pierce county voters cleared the state House of Representatives earlier this year. It died in the Senate, in part because no one could say exactly how the tax might work.

    The Oregon task force, whose work has attracted national attention, has gone a long way toward answering that question.

    But even if the Eugene field test resolves the technical and administrative issues, tough policy questions about privacy, equity and the environment will remain.

    "We know that, if you do this in a certain way, you can actually make it work," says Jim Whitty, the task force's administrator. "But working through these issues is very, very difficult."

    Read more here: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/cg...d=2001780260&slug=mileagetax05m&date=20040705
     
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    I'm not the least bit surprised that Washington Democrats are looking to add yet another tax onto our shoulders. I like Oregon's idea of replacing the gas tax with the mileage tax.

    However, can anyone say "tamper with the odometer?"
     
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    I know i would if it meant less taxes. ITs a free country, i aint paying anymore to drive.
     
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    that will only bring out newer cars with odometer chips to be monitored by the tax agencies.
     
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    1. This forces country folk to abandon their homes due to being unable to drive to town.

    2. Tampering with an Odo is a federal offense, last I read --(that might yet only be applicable to dealers, but I think it is for everyone).

    3. They will not repeal fuel tax.
     
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    Good point.

    Actually, the computers are monitored by more important people.

    GM pioneered on-star.
     
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    I think it sounds like a good idea... but I don't fully understand how they would be able to implement it.:confused:
     
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    Old Chevys last forever!!! :thup:
     
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    I have a '71,'66, and '60.

    :D
     
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    This doesn't seem fair, I'll be shocked if it works, and I'm sure people will find ways to cheat.
     

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