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Letter: Gas tax is not equitable

By Frank Gaffrey, Vancouver
Published: July 10, 2024, 6:00am

Who is footing the bill for the maintenance of Washington’s roads and bridges? I haven’t found the complete answer yet, but we obviously don’t have enough funds because the roads continue to get worse.

Every time I fill up my car with gasoline, I know that I am paying a hefty gas tax designated for repair and improvement of our roads and bridges. But how are the owners of electric cars and trucks contributing to this upkeep? Their rubber hits the roads just as mine does, yet they do not contribute by paying any gas tax. Plus, the additional weight of EV vehicles also adds to the breakdown of our roads. This does not seem to be a very equitable form of taxation. I am willing to pay my fair share but let us provide a way for EVs to do the same.

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