- Associated Press - Thursday, December 11, 2014

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - The state Transportation Commission wants to look into a pay-by-the-mile tax that could replace the gas tax in Washington.

The commission voted Tuesday to ask the Legislature to fund a year-long test of a road usage charge.

The Olympian reports (https://bit.ly/1zUopHy) consultants say a tax based on miles traveled would be more fair. A tax of about 2 cents a mile would raise about as much as the state’s current gas tax of 37 cents a gallon.

Commission executive director Reema Griffith says drivers could be offered a variety of ways to pay: a flat fee for unlimited miles or charges based on odometer readings or measured by a smartphone application or reporting device in the vehicle.

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Information from: The Olympian, https://www.theolympian.com


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