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Whatever happens, we end up with a new tax that will eat away into the savings we acheived with more fuel efficient vehicles.
What about companies with fleets of vehichles?What about families with multiple vehichles?Taxes! Taxes! I hate taxes! But I still love America!
Another little fact, the Texas Dept. of Agriculture is in charge of weights and measures.
Their inspectors use to verify the accuracy of every gas pump in Texas, every year. The out of compliance criteria was above or below 5cm² per 5 gallons.
I don't know when, but they stopped doing yearly inspections. The next time you buy gas look for the sticker on the pump, it is round and has holes punched in to indicate the month and year the inspection took place. I have seen some lately that are over two years old.... state budget cuts, what can you say.
Prior to about 1970, the gasoline tax was collected at the point of sell, the gas station operators had to send in the tax, like sales tax is payed.
Lots of cash sells went unreported, the law was changed to where the tax is paid "at the rack", in other words when the delivery truck loads the gasoline at the terminal, the tax is applied to where ever it is delivered to right then and there.
That eliminated almost, but not all, of that kind of tax fraud.
IF unscrupulous gas station owners still get around the most basic enforcement of collecting tax, as mentioned up there ^^^, they will view the tax by the mile as a bonanza, a even better way to rip off both consumers and the state.
Don't we all ready pay by the mile? A gas hog pays more per mile for gas than a moped. So this new tax would be more intrusive and punish gas hogs to the second power.
Would big trucks pay this extra tax? Naw they have too many lobbyists. So this money would all go into the treasury to be spent by our state politicians for any new pet spending project that comes to mind. After all that's why they think they were elected to spend other peoples money...nice work if you can get it....
One thing is for certain. No tax will ever be removed in favor of another. The other tax may be imposed, but the original will always remain. It is just like a bond issue being voted to increase taxes to pay for a community center. Once the center is paid for, the tax remains for ever. The tax does not need to be fair. It could be as simple as having to report your odometer reading when your vehicle is inspected. The next year when the vehicle is reinspected, the state would send you a tax bill based on the number of miles. It wouldn't matter if you drove your vehicle to Alaska and back, you would still owe the tax.
lol, yeah Suzy, in a strange way, you are right with that post.
well, people have a choice of what kinds of cars they buy. If they choose to buy a gas hog, then they "choose" pay more. If a person decides to be frugal and worry about our air quality and buy a economy car, they should be rewarded.Just another way for the big cats to get by a little cheaper and put more expense on the ones trying to do whatever they can to save money. Man, you can't win for losing, can you?
Every legislative session, the Highway "Trust Fund" is raided for billions of dollars to be spent on non-highway related activities. This has been going on for decades and will continue until a sufficient number of voters decide they have had enough of this outright theft. If the tax is collected for the explicit purpose of the construction and maintenance of state highways, it should NEVER be appropriated for any other purpose. Geanie Morrison and Glenn Hegar hear from me on this subject every legislative session. This practice of stealing the taxpayers' money will not stop until enough State legislators hear from enough of their constituents. If you want to be heard, you have to speak up.
Trucks, 18 wheelers, cause 90% of the wear and tear on the highways. They also cause a lot of the congestion on highways. Just take a drive down I-35 between San Antonio and Austin on any week day afternoon.
Pull into any rest stop on the interstates around noon or in the evening and count the trucks. The interstates are being built and maintain for the trucking industry at our expense and to the detriment of the railroads.
Oops, the federal tax is 18.4 ¢, state of Texas tax is 20¢ per gallon of gasoline, so adjust previous post accordingly 38.4¢ total tax.
This was brought up a few years ago.
The idea was to make the tax more fair.
For instance, if your vehicle gets 10mpg, for the 10 miles driven on one gallon you would pay 34.9¢(the combined state and federal tax), to drive 10 miles, 3.49¢ per mile. If your vehicle gets 20mpg, your tax would be half 1.745¢ per mile driven. The same wear and tear on the roadway but they only collect half the tax.
All that being said, it still sounds kind of idiotic to me.
I'm curious as to how they are going to do this. Cheaters will abound, illegals will fly under the radar. Will getting gas for lawnmowers be illegal? What about taxi drivers and other jobs associated with mileage?The only fair way to do this is to just use a tax per gallon, like it is now. Then everyone that uses gas has to contribute, not just the honest people.
"It won't hurt me because I don't drive many miles." Reminds me of a saying my dad had... "Don't tax me, don't tax thee, tax that man behind the tree!"
Fellow taxpayers, when one gets taxed because the state, the county or one of the CoV slush funds doesn't have enough money...we all loose.
I am a parent. If my college student son came to me every week saying he needs more money I would start to get tired of giving him the cash. At some point my endless love would hit the point I would need proof of his need. When will we demand proof of our government's need?
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Since we don't drive that many miles per year it sounds like a good idea IF it replaced an existing tax. But it probably won't.
I agree that this study is a waste of taxpayer money. This tax cannot be collected fairly. Rural drivers working in the city may benefit by purchasing fuel in the rural area, or we'll see urban drivers going to rural pumps. If the zip code is put into the "system" designated as rural or urban, well then now we have another government program that needs running....on and on an on. The existing gas tax is the only fair way for rural, urban, commercial, border, and out-of-state drivers to pay their fair share of driving on Texas roads; however, the SIMPLEST way to pay for roads is for TXDot to have to reconcile their annual spend against their annual budget and have it reported to the Texas Comptrollers office. Yep, that's right. This ineffective government agency does NOT have to prove what they say they need nor validate what they have spent. In addition, all funds collected from tolls and the gas tax should be deposited in a special fund and NOT the general fund. This would ensure the $$$ is spent on what it was collected for. We do not need another tax--we need to hold the spenders accountable for how they currntly spend.
We already pay tax "by the mile" in the taxes we pay per gallon of fuel consumed (mileage)and sales taxes on tires we buy that wear out with mileage. Let's see...another call for some common sense here?