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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Taxing drivers by the mile?

http://www.bizjournals.com/losangeles/news/2014/05/05/taxing-drivers-by-the-mile.html?page=all

By Scott Bridges, May 5, 2014



Wilshire Blvd.
How much will it cost you to drive from downtown to the ocean via Wilshire?

Southern Californians love to drive, but also tend to be environmentally forward-thinking. Those two propositions have caused much friction over the years, but a new bill proposed by a state senator could ignite a whole new firestorm.

The bill is SB 1077, written by state Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, envisions an unprecedented program that would tax drivers by the mile, the Los Angeles Daily News reported.

Thelegislation would grant authority to the California Transportation Agency, the Department of Motor Vehicles and other agencies to track vehicle miles traveled by motorists in a not-yet-determined city beginning in 2016.

A vehicle mileage tax would replace the current flat tax of 52.9 cents per gallon, according to the report.

The tax would create winners and losers, essentially punishing motorists who drive more. From an environmental standpoint, the tax would seem to reward commuters who find alternative forms of transportation, and those who eschew unnecessary trips.

A by-the-mile tax of just a nickel a mile beginning in 2025 could raise more than $110 billion annually for six counties in this part of the state: Los Angeles, Ventura, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Imperial, according to the Southern California Association of Governments.

The SCAG members from Riverside and San Bernardino counties understandably bristled at the idea of a mileage tax.

It was unclear if the irony of moving out to the low-cost housing of satellite communities to avoid the high costs associated with city living was lost on the suburbanites.

Anne Mayer, executive director of the Riverside County Transportation Commission, was quoted by the newspaper as saying the tax would be “really tough for counties like San Bernardino and Riverside with huge geography and people spread out,” pointing out that there are isolated areas where some folks travel 40 miles to see a doctor.

One school of thought would seem to suggest that if you choose to live 40 miles from a doctor, maybe you need to see a doctor. But that sentiment aside, if you’re opting to drive into and out of Los Angeles on a regular basis, congesting its roadways and polluting the air, maybe a nickel on each mile isn’t too much to ask in return.


 (Mod: Here's an update on a story we covered a while back.)

 http://sierramadretattler.blogspot.com/2014/05/fight-for-your-right-to-park-on-your.html

 Taxing drivers by the mile? (LA Biz link) Southern Californians love to drive, but also tend to be environmentally forward-thinking. Those two propositions have caused much friction over the years, but a new bill proposed by a state senator could ignite a whole new firestorm.

The bill is SB 1077, written by state Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, envisions an unprecedented program that would tax drivers by the mile, the Los Angeles Daily News reported.

Thelegislation would grant authority to the California Transportation Agency, the Department of Motor Vehicles and other agencies to track vehicle miles traveled by motorists in a not-yet-determined city beginning in 2016.

A vehicle mileage tax would replace the current flat tax of 52.9 cents per gallon, according to the report.

The tax would create winners and losers, essentially punishing motorists who drive more. From an environmental standpoint, the tax would seem to reward commuters who find alternative forms of transportation, and those who eschew unnecessary trips.

A by-the-mile tax of just a nickel a mile beginning in 2025 could raise more than $110 billion annually for six counties in this part of the state: Los Angeles, Ventura, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Imperial, according to the Southern California Association of Governments.

(Mod: I have no doubt that the jerks at SCAG would volunteer us to serve as the crash test dummies for this bizarre experiment. I really do think I need to send a campaign contribution to whoever is running against DeSaulnier this year.)