Vehicle Mileage Tax Proposal
The original article says a proposal is in the works to charge N.C. drivers half cent per mile of driving.
RALEIGH (WTVD) -- Big changes could be just down the road for North Carolina drivers. A proposal is in the works that would change the state tax system to charge drivers by the mile, and at the gas pump.
The proposal would be to charge a half cent per mile for cars, which would generate almost $500 million in annual state revenue. A driver who travelled 15,000 miles in a year would pay about $75.
"Basically you pay per the mile. It's treating transportation as a utility, much like your water and sewer," said Larry Goode, with the Institute of Transportation Research and Education.
N.C. is already one of the top highest gasoline tax rates in the nation. ( Currently at #8 )
The Vehicle Mileage Tax - or VMT - would be in addition to the 37.6 cents per gallon of gas N.C. residents already pay per gallon of gas.
North Carolina currently tacks on an additional 37.6 cents gas tax at the pump. The vehicle mileage tax, or VMT, would not replace the gasoline tax. It would be an additional fee.
Fuel efficient cars are to blame?
Lawmakers are looking at making changes because of falling state gas tax revenues - in part because of more fuel-efficient cars requiring less gas. North Carolina drivers currently pay one of the highest gas taxes in the nation.
Some state leaders say the more drivers use their car, the more they should pay, because more cars rolling cause more wear and tear on the state's roads.