• Central Florida leaders to vote on pay-per-mile study


    ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - Paying to drive may one day become a reality in central Florida.

    MetroPlan Orlando board members are considering a new pay-per-mile tax system.

    It’s a controversial proposal that’s getting attention from lawmakers.

    Instead of being taxed at the gas pump, drivers would pay a mileage fee.

    Leaders said the extra revenue will go toward road improvements because the current gas tax may not support road improvements as more drivers choose electric and hybrid cars.

    “Revenue is declining because (of) hybrid vehicles and electric vehicles that do not pay a fuel tax,” said Eric Hill of MetroPlan Orlando, the metropolitan planning organization for Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties.

    Hill proposed a test study to other board members.

    The idea is to use little devices installed on cars to tax you by the mile and get rid of the current tax at the gas pump.

    “There are those who are right now paying a much greater share of the cost of infrastructure they drive—the streets,” said Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs.

    Some residents said they don’t like the idea of a device tracking their miles.

    “I just think that’s an invasion of privacy. I just don’t think they should be able to track where we go,” said Orlando resident Adam Kinkler. “I think there is a way to do this where Big Brother is not in your car.”  

    The study will be up for a vote next month and implementation, if it happens, would be years away.

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