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Published: Sunday, Feb. 23 2014 12:00 a.m. MST

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high school fan
Huntington, UT

The message is real simple, No Free Lunch. If you are going to use the roads then help pay to maintain them. We can all complain about something but the truth is we need to pay. I pay more property tax than many of my neighbors just because I live in a bigger house, Is that fair? I don't use more services. I pay taxes to the school district even though I have no children using it, Is that fair? We all pay as we should because we live in a society that is good for all of us.

Thinkin\' Man
Rexburg, ID

What does raising taxes have to do with reducing air pollution? Admitted truthfully, Nothing.

I urge the state to take concrete actions, not settle for the weak and thoughtless default of raising taxes.

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

A car is useless without roads. Electric vehicles do not pay fuel taxes. High efficiency vehicles pay a very small amount of fuel taxes, yet both kinds of vehicles require that roads be built and maintained.

Utah's fuel tax is 24.5 cents per gallon. A car getting 24.5 miles per gallon will pay a one-cent "tax" to use the roads. A car getting 15 miles per gallon will pay a 1.63 cents per mile tax. A car getting 50 mpg will pay 0.49 cents per mile traveled. An electric car will pay nothing. They all use the same road.

If the fuel tax were eliminated and we were assessed one-cent per mile driven, Utah would lose all the fuel taxes generated by out-of-state drivers. If the fuel tax were doubled and a credit given to all drivers such that they paid one-cent-per mile based on their car's efficiency, tourists would pay more than their fair share.

Leave the fuel tax alone and levy a "user fee" at license renewal time, based on the vehicles mpg rating. It's a USE tax.

Sandy, UT

The truth is our legislators our anti anything that is remotely green. It is not about paying your fair share. If it was then they would require larger families to pay their fair share by removing child tax credits.

Salt Lake City, UT

Tiny cars have a much smaller impact on roads compared to trucks. Should we take that into account too or just ignore that one?

Sandy, UT

Please people, don't give us the song and dance that this is anything other than collecting money. Utah has never met a tax they didn't like unless it is a subsidy for business or free water for the NSA. If they really cared about sucking down the stuff floating around in the air they wouldn't be punishing those who are trying to pollute less including the attempt to punish those who would power their homes off the grid with solar power. Of course these people could nullify the tax increases by having another kid.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

But hybrid car owners are paying their "fair share." They pay their fair share when they pay gas taxes when they fill up. Don't punish them because they are responsible and use fuel efficient vehicles.

Layton, UT

As I read the new SB139 changes:
Good news - NGVs and hybrids have been dropped from the bill

This is a vast improvement:

Electric - Bottom line $10 for more charging stations - +$30 to registration fee ($62.50 total)

< enacts an electric vehicle administration fee to be paid at the time application is
17 made for registration or renewal of registration of an electric vehicle;
18 < requires the revenue from the electric vehicle administration fee be deposited in the
19 Clean Fuels and Vehicle Technology Fund to provide grants to establish charging
20 stations for electric vehicles and other clean fuel vehicle technology initiatives;

423 (b) (i) $32.50 for each motor vehicle of 12,000 pounds or less gross laden weight,
424 excluding [motorcycles.] motor vehicles described in Subsections (2)(a) and (2)(b)(ii); or
425 (ii) $62.50 for each electric vehicle not registered under Section 41-1a-301.

455 41-1a-1225. Electric vehicle administration fee -- Exemption -- Deposit.
456 (1) (a) Except as provided in Subsections (1)(b) and (c), at the time application is made
457 for registration or renewal of registration of an electric vehicle under this chapter, the applicant
458 shall pay an electric vehicle administration fee of $10 on each electric vehicle.

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