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Published: Tuesday, Feb. 25 2014 12:00 a.m. MST

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LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

Is this sort of like the HOV lanes were built with taxpayers taxes,
and then the rich can simply "buy up" and not have to be like everyone else?

Ya -- I saw this one coming 1,000 miles away too.

Crusader
Layton, UT

I don't care to share that much personal information with the government.

Crusader
Layton, UT

"Miles driven per year and vehicle weight" I do not care to share that much personal information with the government.

SLars
Provo, UT

2 bits

Wyoming has no income tax, they tax only 10% of the property for property taxes, and the state sales tax is only 4%.

Most of their income comes from oil, gas an mineral extraction.

Gas companies pass the taxes on to us at the pump either way. It was a tongue in cheek support for continuing taxing gas by the gallon.

Any questions on why the rich are moving to Jackson Hole and the surrounding areas?

Badgerbadger
Murray, UT

Those who love the 'greener' products sure are anxious to find a way to punish people for driving 'green' cars.

No One Of Consequence
West Jordan, UT

If paying less in fuel and fuel tax is incentive enough then everyone will eventually drive smaller, lighter, more fuel efficient cars. As a result our state won't have enough fuel tax money to maintain the roads. The point will come when the per-mile tax will replace the per-gallon tax. The legislature won't have any other choice.

But people don't really chose their car by the amount of gas tax they will pay, do they?

A Quaker
Brooklyn, NY

You know... miles per vehicle and vehicle weight could be captured very simply. Just tax tires. So much per size, so much per pound, so much per remaining tread on cars being registered for the first time.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

A Quaker
Brooklyn, NY
You know... miles per vehicle and vehicle weight could be captured very simply. Just tax tires.

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The only problem with that is some tires are rated at 35,000 miles,
some are rated at 80,000 miles.

And some people rotate tires 2 at a time, instead of 4 at a time.

I could also just swap tires before inspection to avoid the tax.

Just saying.

I think the tax per gallon is the best answer.

And until gas hits $7-$8 a gallon like Europe and Asain pays,
American's really have nothing to complain about.

SG in SLC
Salt Lake City, UT

Honestly, road construction and maintenance funding needs to come from a number of different usage-based sources, to make the burden more fair, and to essentially act as a hedge against decreases in a particular funding source.

There should probably be an annual fee that is based on vehicle weight, to address the cost of road deterioration related to vehicle size and weight.

The Federal Excise Tax (FET) on tires should probably be revised to be a flat, uniform tax per tire. This would be a proxy for a mileage-based tax (more miles driven = more tire wear = more frequent FET payment), and would also factor in size and weight (larger/heavier vehicle = more wheels/tires and faster tire wear).

Toll roads and turnpikes should probably be in the equation, too. They are essentially a mileage-based user fee, and have the added benefit of incentivizing use of less congested (albeit less convenient) routes versus more congested ones.

And finally, I think that there still needs to be a "per-gallon" gas tax, because gasoline is a scarce commodity and a dirty fuel, and besides raising revenue for road construction, a gas tax incentivizes fuel efficiency.

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