As Fuel Efficiency Rises, Ore. Turns Tax Focus To Mileage

By Dani Kass (May 21, 2015, 7:41 PM EDT) -- Oregon will become the first state in the nation this summer to tax some drivers on mileage rather than on fuel use, with the launch of a voluntary program aimed at making up for declining revenue as cars have become more efficient.

The Oregon Department of Transportation program OreGo comes in the face of declining revenue from fuel taxes, partially from the rise in hybrid vehicles and increasing fuel efficiency in cars, a department spokeswoman said. Starting July 1, 5,000 volunteers will drive with mileage-tracking devices in their vehicles and pay 1 1/2 cents per mile driven on Oregon's public roads....

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