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Oregon’s Highest Operating Tax in the U.S. is being accompanied by an Increasing Weight-Mile Tax

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Oregon’s Highest Operating Tax in the U.S. is being accompanied by an Increasing Weight-Mile Tax

Transportation package for $5.3 billion heads to governor

The $5.3 billion transportation bill has passed the Oregon House and Senate and is heading to Kate Brown to be signed.

The 10-year plan includes hikes in the gas tax from the current 30 cents a gallon to 34 cents the first of next year and by two additional cents in each of the succeeding three bienniums for a total of 10 cents by January 2024, registration and title fees and new taxes on payroll, new vehicle purchases and more.

The package also calls for congestion-priced tolling at some of Portland’s bottlenecks. The Oregon Transportation Commission is responsible for establishing the program, which could toll certain lanes on Interstate 5 and Interstate 205 to pay for congestion-busting projects like widening northbound Interstate 205 from Powell Boulevard to Interstate 84, and adding new lanes to Interstate 5 through Portland’s Rose Quarter.

DOT Compliance Regulations QuizRegistration fees would climb by $13 and title fees by $16 in 2018. Beginning in 2020, the state would move toward a tiered system of registration and title fees based on a vehicle’s gas mileage.

But the biggest affect for trucking companies comes in the form of the weight-mile tax. Interstate motor carriers know that in lieu of a tax on diesel fuel, Oregon levies what is already by far the highest operating tax in the U.S., the Oregon weight-mile tax, currently 16.38 cents a mile for a truck at 80,000 pounds.  The bill takes that tax to 20.48 cents a mile come January 1 next year, and eventually to 25.12 cents January 1, 2024.

For purposes of comparison, if that 80,000-pound truck gets 7.0 miles per gallon, that 20.48 cents a mile is the equivalent of a diesel fuel tax at $1.43+ a gallon.

The bill also includes a payroll tax for transit at 0.1 percent, and a sales tax of 0.5 percent on vehicles weighing less than 26,000 pounds.  On the other hand, the proposed Oregon gross receipts tax is dead – for now.

To learn more about how Glostone can help you manage and save thousands of dollars in fuel tax, click here. 

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17 Jul, 17

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