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HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

No carbon will mean mandatory mileage tax

Written June 6th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Drivers in Albany and across Oregon are expected to all be tooling around in electric vehicles in about 30 years. The implication of that gets little discussion as the legislature prepares to pass its plan to force a near-elimination of fossil fuels and the emissions of greenhouse gas.


Road fee: Time to pull the plug

Written July 23rd, 2017 by Hasso Hering

Whatever happened to Oregon’s fledgling program of charging motorists a road user fee based on how far they drive? The 2017 legislature seems to have pretty much ignored the effort in favor of higher fuel taxes and registration fees.


OReGO update: Developing doubts

Written October 5th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

As one of the volunteers paying Oregon’s vehicle mileage tax — in theory anyway — I’m thinking the program is needlessly complicated as long as it applies to vehicles powered by conventional fuel. That’s because of all the record keeping necessary to calculate the tiny difference between the mileage tax and the fuel tax already paid.


Will a mileage tax be mandatory?

Written November 24th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Oregon’s voluntary road user fee program is puttering along, having produced at least one surprise, and my question is: Now what? Will Oregon take the next step and go for a mandatory system of paying road taxes by the mile?


 
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