Would you like to be taxed per mile that you drive?
Doss said a motor fuel tax increase could be considered, but he does not favor it. He said automobiles are becoming more fuel efficient, which reduces the amount of gas purchased and the revenue raises from taxing its sale by the gallon.
Doss said he favors taxing motorists based on the number of miles they drive. Technology exists that can track the mileage, said Doss, who gave the example of a motorist paying the tax when they renew their auto tags with the county tax commissioner’s office.
Basing the tax on the amount of miles traveled would make it a true user’s fee, Doss said.
Marsha Anderson-Bomer, a transportation consultant, said Boulder, Colo., did an experiment that placed Global Positioning System devices in automobiles. The devices logged the drivers’ mileage and the time of day they were on the road, Anderson-Bomer said.
If state leaders takes steps to find additional funding sources for road and transit projects, it won’t be until after the November state elections.
“The most politically palatable time to address it is 2007,