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Oregon looks at per-mile tax on gas sippers

The Columbian -- Oregon state officials are proposing an alternative tax for drivers who have bought efficient or electric vehicles that seldom or never stop at the gasoline pump -- where government has traditionally collected money to build and fix roads.

But the automaking industry calls the idea of mileage taxes another roadblock for efficient vehicles.

In its upcoming session, the Oregon Legislature is expected to consider a bill to require drivers with a vehicle getting at least 55 miles per gallon of gasoline or the equivalent to pay a per-mile tax after 2015.

Because it raises taxes, such legislation would need approval by three-fifths votes in both the House and Senate.

The tax would be based on mileage reports that could be made in a variety of ways, such as via smartphone app or GPS ...


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honda0105
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 4:55:32 AM

it does feel like Big Bro is coming faster than we anticipated.
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 6:40:57 AM

cheaper to pay flat if you drive a lot. Not cheaper when you drive only a short bit.
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blupupher
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 8:58:12 AM

if they do a per mile tax, they need to do away with the gasoline tax and charge everyone a per mile charge, and need to base it on gvw (small cars do not do as much damage to roadways as larger vehicles.
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NedW
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 12:41:52 AM

This ought to be rejected on its face.
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MidNJ
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 7:59:24 PM

As one method of road generating taxes decreases (fuel efficient gas sippers), another must take its place, so it seems.
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BurtB
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 11:02:01 AM

no good deed goes unpunished
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doctorindyj
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 10:03:25 AM

If they could find a way to tax air they would. Oh wait, they did.
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peabeax55
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 8:20:04 AM

Ba$tard, liberal, rip-off artists.
This is very similar to my local water department raising rates when we were all successful saving water, AT THEIR REQUEST, during some very dry years.
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AJeepLife
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 7:32:31 AM

"Everybody uses the road, and if some pay and some don't, then that's an unfair situation that's got to be resolved," said Jim Whitty of the Oregon Department of Transportation.

What load of crap! We all pay- through common taxes and fuel taxes!

HEY DOT get your head out of your preverbial a$$ and become as efficient in your operations as cars/trucks are! Whats next charging school bus opertators? or police and emergency vehicles?- which increases other taxes paid to state/munipiple governments.

Don't punish those of out there doing a better job with thier investments than you are capable of doing with yours

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Point__man
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 7:29:40 AM

IMHO: We have to pay for maintaining and creating roads, don't we ? Always have in the past and best I know nothing has changed with regard to that. However, costs have risen dramatically across the board and revenues especially for highway maintenance has fallen (less gasoline demand yields less revenues be it more efficient vehicles or far less mileage per person these days). The far less mileage part of that equation is cause enough for an increase in revenue resources. We have needed serious reform in this area nationwide for a long time. Revamping that equation really takes some doing. We can change the way individual passenger (private) vehicles are taxed easy enough by looking at weight and mileage. What about commercial vehicles ? They bare the burden of all the taxpayers as all taxpayers benefit from our widespread delivery systems. Maybe all delivery services should collect road taxes on their deliveries; if they are not already doing so. Bottom line; we have to finance our infrastructure, both new and repairs. We currently are failing in this area and we need to change that and do it in a fair way for all involved (not just EV / Hybrid / efficient vehicle owners) ;)
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 7:22:38 AM

The government takes theirs off the top.
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FogCitySpotter
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 7:10:52 AM

Really, really bad idea.
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jrschl
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 7:08:54 AM

I understand both sides of this argument, but it seems quite harsh.
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$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
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nothing but communist act
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 6:57:00 AM

Ya gotta pay!
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 6:43:21 AM

This is a little early to try to grab revenue from alternative fuel vehicles - there aren't that many of them and some of the economic justification is undoubtedly the absence of fuel taxes.
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 6:41:17 AM

Anything to get more revenue so the politicians can waste more money.
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 6:40:43 AM

maybe we can get them to pass the burden onto the wealthy. LOL
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 6:38:42 AM

I see a lot of new government jobs being created here.
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 6:35:21 AM

You wanta use the roads? Then pay up
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 6:35:07 AM

Maybe Oregon should forget paved roads and just go back to wagon trails. Gas or electric, if you drive on a paved road, someone has to pay the maintenance for it. This may start in Oregon but other states are already starting to draw the same conclusions -- higher MPG = lower gas taxes!
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 6:31:38 AM

Small lightweight cars do less damage to roads and bridges. So don't create another hinderence to buying smaller fuel efficient vehicles.
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 6:29:04 AM

That makes no sense at all! Has Oregon gone right-wing all of a sudden? They need to tax those who insist on driving gas guzzlers, not the other way around. Let the SUV crowd pay the gas tax, plus a per mile tax.
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Radar1992
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 6:28:12 AM

Unbelievable...so they want us to buy the hybrid/electric vehicles at a premium, even with a tax vouchers on some, then pay the electric utility tax if it plugs in (Have you seen this in your electric bill?) and then want to charge a per mile fee so they can use it to keep the current revenue level to maintain roads to keep it fair?

This is the same stupidity as increasing cigarette taxes or installing traffic cameras and then whining because the revenue did not meet expectations because people are not smoking as much or running red lights. Which of course is the natural outcome of taxation, the use will become less.

How about we use some fiscal restraint and cut the cost of government and then pass the savings on to the people....a Raring economy will increase revenues as people will work harder to make more money, but they have to be allowed to keep a higher percentage...otherwise why work harder when the gov't will take it away from you.
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 6:27:29 AM

Yet another money grab.
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mrbee
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 6:26:55 AM

They could care less about efficient vehicles. It is ALL about revenue. Taxes. Taxes. Taxes.
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 6:26:38 AM

They must be kidding.
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icer06
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 6:25:53 AM

Why punish those who are eco-friendly?
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LocalSpyGuy
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 6:25:41 AM

Somewhat of a disincentive to purchase fuel efficient vehicles.
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 6:25:39 AM

Annual state inspection, have odometer read, get car registration and pay for miles driven.

Or flat annual tax added to car registration.
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red5529
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 6:25:22 AM

does it replace gas tax or is it in addition to.
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 6:25:05 AM

isn;t that just sweet
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 6:24:52 AM

Ah, Oregon. Land of the Liberals who think you can't pump your own gas.
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 6:24:32 AM

Corruption and greed at its finest.

[Edited by: SteelPenny at 1/4/2013 7:25:11 AM EST]
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Chadgas
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 6:23:46 AM

Isn't that what our gas tax is?
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 6:22:38 AM

Ironic is it not? "Oh no! Don't tax my greenie car!" Proving once again that the liberal does not see taxes as anything but punishment and to be used on the folks they don't see as paying their fair share.
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 6:22:14 AM

They will Stone You when you're driving in your Car, They will Stone You when you're driving in your EV!
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 6:21:37 AM

Doesn't say a whole lot for good MPG.
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tes283
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 6:20:50 AM

What??? tax us for being good and responsible? wrong
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 6:20:27 AM

PERFECT AND WHILE YOU ARE AT IT TAX THE BICYCLIST TOO. ALL DAY LONG BABY ALL DAY LONG
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 6:20:24 AM

all vehicles need tires. change the gas tax to a tire tax
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 6:18:46 AM

Ah, that's called a gas tax! WTheck
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Goat2008
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 6:18:41 AM

Do you not want to be energy independent. I do not see how this will encourage people to purchase efficient vehicles if they are going to pay a penalty.
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91Hilux
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 6:16:39 AM

Did somebody from CT move to Oregon and get themselves elected????

This is totally asinine!! Next you're going to start charging bicycle mileage taxes because they don't buy gas either??
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 6:16:13 AM

If this be the case, then tax bicycle riders who choose to ride on the payment as well. Also require them to carry libality insrance...if not, then stay off the payment. Afterall tax dollars collected from automobile owners paid for these nice paved roads anyway.
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 6:15:38 AM

Oregon has to raise taxes...they need more money to misspend.
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 6:14:35 AM

keep it
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It is going to happen.
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 6:14:24 AM

ok
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