(STAFF REPORTS/Chewelah Independent)
State looking at move from gas tax to pay-per-mile charge…
A proposal to move from a gas tax to a pay-per-mile charge will be voted on by the Washington Transportation Commission this coming December, according to an article from KHQ.com.
The vote will take place Dec. 17 following a report on the study of the pay-per-mile tax, based on how many miles a person drives to counter lower gas usage due to more fuel efficient cars on the road, from the panel that has been studying the proposed tax change, KHQ said.
Higher fuel efficiency has eroded the state’s ability to rely on the gas tax long-term for transportation needs, according to Sen. Rebecca Saldana, the KHQ article said.
Commission chairman Jerry Hitt believes it’s unclear at this time how the Commission will vote, but he would expect most drivers would pay more under the pay-per-mile system, dubbed the “Road Usage Charge,” than they would with gas taxes, according to the KHQ article.
The Commission’s recommendation from the vote will then go to the state legislature to be put on their next legislative session, which would begin in January, KHQ said.