TAMPA - In a recent report, the Congressional Budget Office in Washington, D.C. took a look at taxing drivers on their mileage as a way to raise money for federal highway funding.
Most federal money spent on the highways comes from your fuel taxes, but according to the Congressional Budget Office, those taxes and others paid by drivers aren't enough to pay for current or future highway spending.
That's due in part to today's more fuel efficient vehicles. A Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) Tax would be a sort-of user fee. Those traveling more on the roads, presumably causing a greater impact, would pay more.
But for some drivers, the whole idea is a "red light."
Like many, $3.50 per gallon gas in Tampa has gobbled up the money in Karin Frame's purse.
"It's hard to fill the tank up, I do a little at a time," she said.
Frame admits to changing her driving habits because of the pain at the pump, and in the future, the cost of gas may not be the only concern for drivers like her. They could have to factor in their odometers too.
"I think they tax us too much now. I mean, everybody's struggling," one driver said.
"If it was a fair thing I would agree with it, but knowing the government, they still haven't met a plan they couldn't mess up," said another.
"If they lower the other taxes that would be ok, the roads need to be redone," said Frame.
A type of mileage monitoring system would have to be worked out. AAA says it is currently reviewing the report, and it hasn't yet taken an official stance.
"The bottom line is, there's a growing transportation demand and a growing need for revenue to fill those demands," said Karen Morgan, an AAA Spokesperson. "This is just another option they're looking at how to fund that transportation need
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