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State talking about paying taxes based on how far you drive

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Updated: 6/14/2012 11:43 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- State leaders are looking at tracking your driving as more fuel efficient cars are taking money away from the state to fix and improve roadways.

With every mile you drive, it's another mile your gas tank gets closer to empty. Right now every time you fill up, 53.9 cents a gallon goes towards improving our roadways, but that could change.

The Florida Transportation Commission is talking about a new way to collect that money by putting a GPS tracking system in your car to monitor how many miles you travel.

Drivers like Floyd Key don't like it. He travels 100 thousand miles a year and with the new system, he'd have to pay a percentage to the state for every single mile. "I think that's unconstitutional. I'm don't like it done that way," said Key.

The Florida Transportation Commission says it needs to do something because a weak economy and  new fuel efficient cars are cutting into gas tax money. The state has lost 8 billion dollars since 2006. "It really is an issue of fairness," said Mark Reichert, the Deputy Executive Director of FTC.
   
The system could also charge drivers more during rush hour. So whether you like the talk or not, Reichert says something needs to be done. "The bottom line is we need to be talking about it now because the fuel tax is no longer sustainable."

The state does realize not everyone wants a GPS in their cars. Another option is to have people report their miles when they renew their tag every year.

Ultimately state legislators would have to vote on this and the Florida Transportation Commission says that's still years down the road.
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cyberjay - 6/15/2012 5:20 PM
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I used to work for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, We used to deduct 18% of our gas purchases from our gas receipts. So everyone must know that 18% of their gas payments already goes to state taxes. So at 3.30 gas price, that means we pay 59.4 cents each gallon to state taxes already. Also know that this does not go toward county and federal taxes that are also taken, which I do not know what the % is. I also do not agree with toll both, if we do not have the taxes we should not build these roads for tourists. Toll roads are build by independent companies to make profit, understand that. Look at this link to understand taxes and why we already tax the second highest state http://www.floridastategasprices.com/Tax_Info.aspx. good luck in your research that you should be doing.

mtpockets - 6/15/2012 12:26 PM
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it would seem to me that toll booths would be a better solution, taxing by miles at registration, or gps only taxes residents, and gives all tourists a free ride, maybe booths at the border to start and see how that goes, or at least in addition to the gps, why let tourists get free use

J Vazquez - 6/15/2012 9:52 AM
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Why don't they just increase the traffic ticket or install more camaras for automatic monitoring and pass that to the state? Or as simple as not bypassing the law anymore, even the JSO officers usually drive above speed limits, don't make full stops, don't use turn lights, etc. Everybody will benefit from people having better habits behind the wheel and they can collet more money. But seems like the money is the only thing they are interested in, and not actually about improving the culture of car usage.

imtellin - 6/15/2012 6:42 AM
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wrong,, taxes on highways have always been taxed on use,,, so if you use them more than me,, then you pay more ,, simple !!!you want to drive on the beach, you pay,,, you go to the movies or dinner you pay ,, simple !!! so quit whining & pony up those bucks... this is a great idea & will force folks to use their vehicles more efficiently,, thus cutting down on roaming idiots out for a ride & clogging our roads !!! i'm all for this tax !!!

RFM2009 - 6/15/2012 5:57 AM
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Total Smokescreen.... The State already grabs BIG BUX through Fuel Taxes, Vehicles Registrations, Driver License Fees and Transportation Permits... Vote any politician out of office that votes for this GOUGE.

Texas Pete - 6/15/2012 3:07 AM
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How are you going to tax all those snow birds who own a second home in Florida, but their cars are registered in their home state? How about taxing bicycles. How about coming up with a better solution?

therev - 6/14/2012 11:26 PM
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Sorry that was per license plate.

therev - 6/14/2012 11:23 PM
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I agree that we need to do something in order to pay for our highway's, but to charge me for every mile I drive is ridiculous. I paid for every mile I drove in every state I traveled in my 18 wheeler. I averaged 100,000 mile per year. I do not know what the charge for mile was as it differet in every state. I also paid $400.00 apeice or more for two license plates. I also had to pay for all of the stickers on the cab and the bingo card. I always drove company rigs so I did not pay for them my self. Add all of this for 40 years and you have a big amount going to the states. Maybe we need to go back to the 60's and 70's when we were charged by the weight of our car for the tags. Remember the D , WW, WWW and plain tags back then.

Cola85 - 6/14/2012 11:21 PM
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I feel that its wrong for the state to tax your driving. The state have know right to invade peoples lives just to make a buck.Its wrong in many ways.
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