Typically I don't weigh in on politics but I thought I would break this one down for you to consider. The state of North Carolina is considering a 1/2 cent per mile tax on top of their already .37 cent per gallon at the pump tax. But that isn't the only tax that vehicle owners are faced with. There is the vehicle tax that the county and cities require each year. Then you have to run your vehicle through the e-checks that could cost you hundreds of dollars in repairs. So it can be expensive to own a vehicle in North Carolina to simply get your back and forth to work.
But what is the break down? It really isn't that much.
- 1,000 miles x .005 = $5.00 divided by 12 = $0.42 per month
- 5,000 miles x .005 = $25.00 divided by 12 = $2.09 per month
- 10,000 miles x .005 = $50.00 divided by 12 = $4.17 per month
- 20,000 miles x .005 = $100.00 divided by 12 = $8.34 per month
NCDOT says with the monthly cost of less than one meal a month at your favorite fast food joint they can generate enough money to maintain the roads and bridges in North Carolina. We do live in a country where the infrastructure of our highways are falling apart.
However some will argue that this is just another money grab by a greedy state government who doesn't have their house in order. If the state can't afford to maintain the roadways then they need to cut funding to other state and federal projects.
Then the question arises how would state officials track your mileage? The suggestions include simply checking your speedometer once a year or implanting a GPS system in your vehicle to track your travels with inside the boundaries of North Carolina. I would like to think the GPS system would be the fairest way. What if a good portion of your daily commute was in South Carolina? If you weren't traveling on North Carolina roads why should you be taxed as if you were?
But the elephant in the room on the GPS tracking would be allowing the government to know where you had been and when. Some argue that OnStar (sold in many vehicles) already offers "big brother" that luxury of spying on you.
Just a few things to consider when this topic comes up next time while you're chatting with your friends.
By: Roger McCoy