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

Jon Balgley jon at photodad.com
Mon Apr 11 23:40:27 PDT 2011

Ah, that was not quite right.  It's the ICE exception that is limited to
5000 vehicles.

On Tue, Apr 12, 2011 at 9:32 AM, Jon Balgley <jon at photodad.com> wrote:

> 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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