Road taxes and ve­hi­cle weight

The Denver Post - - OPINION - Re: Wal­ter A. Weiss,

“Find­ing a fair way to tax road use,” Nov. 22 editorial.

A fair and eq­ui­table method to fund road re­pair and us­age must ac­count for res­i­dent and out-of-state ve­hi­cles, in­clud­ing ev­ery­thing from semis to elec­tric cars. The key fac­tor in road wear is the weight of the ve­hi­cle on the road. One way to fairly tax for road us­age would in­clude a ton/mile tax that would be as­sessed at ve­hi­cle reg­is­tra­tion. In­clud­ing cur­rent mileage when re­new­ing a ve­hi­cle reg­is­tra­tion would al­low for com­pu­ta­tion of the ton/mile tax based on the mileage and the ve­hi­cle weight. To al­low for out-of-state reg­is­tra­tion and tourist travel, Colorado reg­is­tra­tion would in­clude a 10 per­cent fuel tax re­duc­tion at the pump. Colorado fuel tax would be in­creased 10 per­cent to com­pen­sate for the res­i­dent re­duc­tion and al­low out-of-state reg­is­tra­tion ve­hi­cles and tourists to pay their fair share.

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