About 40 Oregon drivers are spending this fall measuring their miles on the road. It’s part of a pilot project to study alternatives to the gas tax.
Oregon lawmakers ordered the research out of concern that gas tax revenue will decline as more drivers switch to hybrid or electric vehicles. That could reduce funding for road maintenance.
Tammy Denny of Pendleton, Oregon is on a governor’s task force studying ways to calculate road fees based on mileage. She’s also taking part in the study. So Denny is keeping track of the 2,000 to 3,0000 miles she drives every month.