Oregon Department Of Transportation Mileage Fee Pilot Project Kicks Off With Volunteer Recruitment
The Oregon Department of Transportation launches its mileage fee pilot project in the Portland area this week with the recruitment of volunteers for the program. Administered by ODOT's Office of Innovative Partnerships, the mileage fee pilot project will test several key aspects of charging a per mile fee at the pump in lieu of paying the state gas tax.
The mileage fee pilot project is the result of research findings from Oregon's Road User Fee Task Force, or RUFTF, created by the Oregon Legislature in 2001 to investigate new ways of generating revenue for the state's transportation system.
By "new revenue" they mean "take more money from us." I have consulted with my all-knowing and all-powerful crystal ball this morning and it told me that we are actually going to end up with both a mileage tax and a gas tax.
This is so that in the future, instead of raising the gas tax by $0.50 and getting everyone angry they can raise it by $0.25 and then raise the mileage fee by $0.25 and for some reason the masses won't make the connection that they are getting charged the whole $0.50.
And notice that the mileage tax is called a "fee" so that politicians can say they aren't supporting a "tax." Next up: the surcharge, the assessment, the levy and then a bunch of charges that will only be reffered to in acronyms so that you aren't even sure what it is you are paying for. (actually what you are paying for is PERS and the "multi-cultural" HR employees.)