SHREVEPORT, La -- It seems to be the country's best kept secret.
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a report last week proposing a plan to tax people based on how many miles they drive.
They site the proposal as a way to generate new revenues that could be used to offset the costs of highway maintenance in a time where a shortage of federal funds are prevalent.
For many drivers who were unaware of this plan, it has left them in an uproar upon hearing about it.
"We are already being taxed enough, I don't know why the State or the Government needs to know how much we are driving," said Shreveport Resident Mike Clikas.
The report discussed in detail of two ways to tax a drivers mileage. The first would be a device attached to the car that would track total vehicle miles traveled (VMT), report the results and than tax the driver. The other plan would take place at fueling stations where the pump would be able to read the total miles you have driven upon fueling up, than tax you based off that result.
What scares many drivers is the issue of privacy. The CBO has acknowledged the privacy concerns, but that hasn't stopped them from trying to implement the plan. Many drivers don't feel that is the right thing to do.
"I sure hope the legislature, this being State and Federal Governments, take heat in that and respect our constitutional rights," said Clikas
"I Don't think it's very private when they put stuff on your car to see how far you go every day," said Shreveport Resident Diane Smithwick.
The CBO hopes to make a recommendation of this proposal when the Senate considers a transportation spending bill later this year.
source ktbs tv
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