[Oeva-list] tax bill front page of the paper today

Jon Balgley jon at photodad.com
Mon Apr 11 18:32:02 PDT 2011

Let me see if I've got this right:

1.  It's limited to 5000 vehicles, so if you assume it applies to relatively
low-mileage hybrids/BEVs, the most it can raise is 5000 * maxMiles *
$0.0143.  If maxMiles = 5000, then the max total dollars is $357,500.  Or
twice that, at 10000 miles/year.

2. It's *open* to any ICE vehicle that chooses to do so.  So in fact it is
valuing the gas tax at $0.0143/mile.  At "30 cents/gal / 1.43 cents/mile =
20.97 mpg" ... that implies it would be *cheaper* for an ICE car making less
than 21mpg to sign up for this program.  Many vehicles get substantially
less than 21mpg of course.  So how much LESS will the state get?

On Tue, Apr 12, 2011 at 9:04 AM, Alan Batie <alan at batie.org> wrote:

> On 4/11/11 5:03 PM, Lawrence Winiarski wrote:
> > Why do you think everyone drives like you?
> I expect that those whose numbers are different will say so.  That said,
> however, when I was in Portland, I was putting in 22K miles/year. After
> I moved to Corvallis that only dropped down to "average" numbers of
> 12-14K/yr after I stopped driving to Portland every other weekend.  So I
> expect my numbers to be high numbers.
> I used to make a big point of going to the gas station that had the
> lowest price (and wasn't completely flybynight).  Then I thought about
> the 10gal fillup that was typical, and the $.45 fee for using a debit
> card (at Arcos, usually the cheapest) and realized that that added 5
> cents/gal to the cost, and even a 10 cent price difference still
> amounted to 50 cents on a $30 fillup.  I stopped worrying about it so
> much...
> Fairness concerns dictate raising the question, but the absolute numbers
> just don't justify outrage.
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