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ELECTRIC CARS: I’m already paying for pavement

Letter by Mike Workman, Olympia on April 1, 2011 at 10:34 am | 27 Comments »
April 1, 2011 11:10 am

Several years ago I converted two gas vehicles (one motorcycle, one car) to all electric propulsion. Since then, I’ve been criticized for not contributing to road maintenance.

These accusations are not true. Over 11 percent of my annual property taxes go to county roads, which I’m on for most of my less-than-20-mile round trip commute.

I also currently pay an annual vehicle weight fee (with my license tabs) that specifically “funds highway improvements, transit and other transportation needs.”

This is a partially tiered flat rate fee. I pay the same fee for my 465-pound motorcycle as someone with a 4,000-pound truck. Who damages the road more, me or him?

This current rate system could be changed to reflect actual vehicle weight (say a penny a pound) and would therefor be a more accurate assessment.

Don’t get me wrong, I like pavement. I don’t want to drive on dirt and gravel roads. And yes, I know that life and taxes are not fair.

If the Legislature is looking for revenue, I have a suggestion. Why are studded tires required to be removed in Spring? Because they ruin the roads. How about a large fee at time of purchase and an annual permit for studded tires.

Now there’s a money-maker that’s fair and makes sense.

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