Oregon became the first state to establish a voluntary per-mile vehicle tax as an alternative method for infrastructure funding when the Oregon State Legislature overwhelmingly passed Senate Bill 810.
Senate Bill 810 authorizes the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) to assess 1.5 cents per mile for up to 5,000 cars and light commercial vehicles. ODOT will issue an equivalent gas tax refund to those who volunteer for the new fuel tax alternative.
Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber is expected to sign the bill into law in coming days, with the system scheduled to be operational by July 1, 2015.
According to the bill revenues collected from the usage charges will be deposited into the State Highway Fund, with 50 percent allocated to ODOT. The remaining 30 percent and 20 percent will be distributed to counties and cities, respectively.
ODOT is tasked with establishing methods for accurately recording and reporting the number of miles that registered vehicles travel on highways, while also considering the privacy of the vehicle users and security of the technology tracking the per-mile data.
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