A Mileage Tax Monitored By Big Brother For All N.J. Drivers? It Could Happen…(Land Of The Free!! USA!! USA!!)
Proposal Call For GPS Tracking Of Certain Vehicles, $50 Yearly Fee For Others
May 21, 2013
UNION, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — It’s a controversial proposal: Paying for every mile you drive to cover road repairs.
While some say it’s necessary, others are saying it’s time to put the brakes on the idea, CBS 2’s Christine Sloan reported Tuesday.
It’s the one thing New Jersey can boast about – having the fourth-lowest gas tax in the nation. The money goes into the state’s transportation trust fund, paying for roads and bridges.
But what if you learned the fund is $14.3 billion in debt, and the gas tax just covers a yearly $991 million debt payment?
“The problem there is because previous administrations and legislatures raided the transportation trust fund to use that money in general funds,” said Sal Risalvato of the New Jersey Gasoline Convenience Automotive Association.
It’s what prompted the bill to repeal the gas tax and have residents pay for every mile they drive, so cars that don’t use gasoline or get better mileage pay for roads, too.