Oregon investigates tracking mileage for road tax

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ALBANY, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon's expected drop in fuel tax revenue is sending officials into new directions for assessing road user tax.

The Albany Democrat-Herald (http://bit.ly/JJ4QY3 ) reports the answer may be in measuring mileage and giving drivers a choice in how it's done.

A task force working on the issue in the Oregon Department of Transportation in 2006 looked at a GPS-based system that could track the miles a vehicle was driven.

The idea drew opposition because drivers feared it could be used for surveillance.

The group is now looking at mileage measuring systems that already exist, such as one used by an insurance company that bases fees on how much someone drives.

Task force director Jim Whitty says drivers may be able to pick from various systems, or choose a flat annual fee.

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Information from: Albany Democrat-Herald, http://www.dhonline.com