Taxed per mile?

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,

16 comments

  1. Bill Simon says:

    That’s funny…I see more SUVs on the road now than ever before and Doss thinks people aren’t buying enough gas?

    I think Doss is a Leftie in disguise.

  2. jacewalden says:

    F that! It is noone’s business how many miles I drive except for mine. If the government has a problem with cars getting more mileage, than too bad. Maybe if the price of gas was lower, we’d all go back to driving gas gusslers.

    I don’t know this “Doss” guy, but if he honestly thinks that a mileage tax is a good idea…then he’s seriously mistaken.

  3. Three Jack says:

    ditto jace…wonder what gubernatorial candidates have to say about this proposed tax increase???

  4. kspencer says:

    Setting aside the privacy issues (in which I fully agree with Jace), there’s the practicality issue.

    What is his plan for out-of-state vehicles – after all, we get a lot of folk paying gas tax right now on their way into and through our state (say, on the way to Florida for spring break and the amusement parks).

    And then there’s the fun of his low-tech recommendation – pay at registration for miles since last registration. The problem here, of course, is that there are a large chunk of us who do at least some miles out-of-state. Folk in Valdosta and Columbus (among others) might be a bit unhappy paying double – once for road miles they’re not using, and gas tax in the OTHER states they were in. So too will folk who drive on vacations or business that takes them out-of-state object. And regardless of those factors there’s the sticker shock – instead of slipping in an extra ten cents a gallon, you get your entire bill at one time.

    Nope, I not only don’t like it I don’t think it’ll fly.

    Kirk

  5. Brian from Ellijay says:

    Jace, Thats going to be a tough one. Most everyone in Gilmer will vote for Herman, and he has been working Pickens hard also.

    Has anyone else announced…Scott Kiker or anyone?

  6. tobin smith says:

    Don’t we already pay based on milleage. The more miles you drive the more gas tax you pay!

    Stupid idea.

  7. Brian from Ellijay says:

    lol. my aim is (and I realize how dangerous this is) rblpfang, feel free to IM me and I will let you know about some local events in Gilmer.

  8. Joeventures says:

    Far from being a leftie in disguise, Doss is just out after his own interests.

    GA is unique in having funds appropriated through the constitution (rather than the legislature) srtaight to GDOT so they can build as many roads and bridges as their hearts desire. From there, a never-ending cycle erupts:

    * Gas taxes go to GDOT to fund roads and bridges

    * GDOT hires private contractors to build roads and bridges

    * Private contractors build so many roads and bridges that the existing tax base can’t support its continued maintenance

    * Private contractors hire expensive, powerful lobbyists

    * Powerful lobbyists hold lavish Travis Tritt concerts for elected officials and GDOT commissioners

    * Elected officials and GDOT commissioners, rewarded by the status quo, keep the status quo

    No one is held accountable, and it was inevitable that Doss would think it a good idea to try to extort more money than he already gets.

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