Published: Sunday, Feb. 23 2014 12:00 a.m. MST
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tiny cars have a much smaller impact on roads compared to trucks. Should we take
that into account too or just ignore that one?
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.
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.
As I read the new SB139 changes:Good news - NGVs and hybrids have been
dropped from the billThis 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 is17 made for registration or renewal of
registration of an electric vehicle;18 < requires the revenue from the
electric vehicle administration fee be deposited in the19 Clean Fuels and
Vehicle Technology Fund to provide grants to establish charging20 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); or425 (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
made457 for registration or renewal of registration of an electric vehicle
under this chapter, the applicant458 shall pay an electric vehicle
administration fee of $10 on each electric vehicle.
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