Several states and regions are considering alternative approaches to funding future highway, public transit, and port and airport needs.
- Tolling on specific transportation facilities
- Increasing the fuel tax
- Increasing general sales tax in lieu of fuel tax
- Institute a sales tax on gasoline
- Mileage-based user fees
The Oregon state legislature recently enacted a mileage-based user fee or road usage charge legislation as alternative to the motor fuel tax. An in-state pilot program has yielded promising results. Minnesota and Washington are testing similar user fee-based systems.
Whatever Florida decides, it is clear that alternatives to conventional motor fuel tax collections are needed to accomplish the Seven50 vision and a strong regional coalition must form to carry that message to Tallahassee.