People of Northwest Public Radio
Road Use Tax
Wed November 21, 2012
Oregon Begins Mileage Tax Pilot Project
About 40 Oregon drivers are spending this fall measuring their miles on the road. It’s part of a pilot project
to study alternatives to the gas tax.
Oregon lawmakers ordered the research out of concern that gas tax revenue will decline as more drivers switch to hybrid or electric vehicles. That could reduce funding for road maintenance.
Tammy Denny of Pendleton, Oregon is on a governor’s task force studying ways to calculate road fees based on mileage. She’s also taking part in the study. So Denny is keeping track of the 2,000 to 3,0000 miles she drives every month.
“It all boils down to money. We have to have the financial resources to maintain the roads we all drive on. We just don’t think about how they’re all funded. It’s huge. ”
Earlier this year, Washington lawmakers passed a flat $100 fee for electric and hybrid car owners. But Washington is also participating in Oregon’s road mileage study. Wash DOT is recruiting 20 drivers to begin measuring their miles on the road next month.