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Thursday, January 03, 2013

Oregon officials are proposing an alternative tax for drivers of efficient or electric vehicles instead of gasoline taxes.

The state Legislature is expected to consider a bill that would require drivers with a vehicle getting at least 55 miles per gallon of gasoline or equivalent to pay a tax per mile after 2015. Drivers would also have the option of paying a flat amount annually.

Oregonians currently pay 30 cents per gallon, a tax that is automatically added at the pump. But as cars become more fuel efficient and alternative fuel sources are identified, state officials project gas tax revenue will decline.

Read more at the Statesman Journal.

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