"Tax by Mile" Idea to be Tested in Texas
Proposal could replace the gasoline tax
By Jim Forsyth
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Residents of five central Texas counties have been invited to participate in a study to determine whether it is feasible to tax motorists by the mile, 1200 WOAI news reports.
Texans now pay 38.4 cents a gallon in gasoline taxes, which are used to fund highway construction and repair. But as we drive fewer miles and buy more fuel-efficient cars, gas tax revenue is dwindling, and after electric cars become a reality on the road in 2010, that revenue may begin to dry up altogether. So transportation officials are trying to come up with an alternative to the gasoline tax, and a tax per mile driven appears to be the most popular option.
Oh yeah, I want a government monitored GPS System installed on my vehicles. We can always trust the government to do right.