Home Must Reads ODOT tests gas tax alternative

ODOT tests gas tax alternative

| Print |  Email
Must Reads
Monday, June 11, 2012

The Oregon Department of Transportation will test a road tax based on miles driven, and tracked by smartphone, as an alternative to the gasoline tax.

The pilot program is a small chunk of the bigger plan being drafted by a state task force looking for alternatives to the failing gas tax. The task force is drafting a plan for the state Legislature to consider next year. This pilot is expected to add supporting evidence to the task force's proposal and convince the Legislature that the gas tax isn't keeping up with the demands of Oregon's roads.

"People ask why don't we just raise the gas tax, and it's because that doesn't apply to cars that are burning so little fuel," said James Whitty, program manager of ODOT's pilot. "The new plug-in Prius doesn't burn that much fuel and more and more of these cars are operating on our roads. That means that the gas tax is falling on a smaller and smaller base."

Read more at OregonLive.com.

{biztweet}odot gas tax{/biztweet}

 

Comments   

 
John A. Ward
+1 #1 ODOT Gas Tax?John A. Ward 2012-06-11 21:26:46
Come up with a nice complex plan, so I can spend 100's of dollars so the state can put 10'S of dollars into the road fund.

How about a BETTER IDEA and simply remove the words 'prevailing wage' from the road building and maintenance contracts, that will give the state at least 30% more more money and cost NOTHING to administer.
Quote | Report to administrator
 

More Articles

Healthcare pullback

News
Thursday, November 20, 2014
112014-boehnercare-thumbBY JASON NORRIS | OB CONTRIBUTOR

Each month for Oregon Business, we assess factors that are shaping current capital market activity—and what they mean to investors. Here we take a look at two major developments regarding possible rollbacks of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).


Read more...

Innovation: a critique

News
Wednesday, October 08, 2014
1008 innovation thumbBY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR

A Design Week panel discussion raises questions about how innovative we really are.


Read more...

Knight Vision

October 2014
Thursday, September 25, 2014
BY VIVIAN MCINERNY

Travis Knight wants to release a movie a year. Can he pull it off?


Read more...

The Diaspora

October 2014
Thursday, September 25, 2014
BY LEE VAN DER VOO

Former newspaper reporters move into brand journalism.


Read more...

Launch

October 2014
Thursday, September 25, 2014
BY JESSICA RIDGWAY

October's Launch article features Soul Kitchen, Easy Company and Slick's Big Time BBQ.


Read more...

Gone Girl

News
Monday, September 29, 2014
roundup-logo-thumb-14BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR

Wehby disappears, Kitzhaber fails to disclose and Seattle gets bike share before Portland.


Read more...

Water World

November/December 2014
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
BY KIM MOORE

Fred Ziari aims to feed the global population.


Read more...
Oregon Business magazinetitle-sponsored-links-02
SPONSORED LINKS