Joined: Feb. 2006
|I believe in paying taxes, but they're taxing these people's efforts. If fuel is practically non-polluting and they make it, why shouldn't it be free?|
Fuel taxes pay for roads, it's really a form of road-use tax. Mileage, for instance, is worse for heavier vehicles than for lighter vehicles (ignoring differences in technology such as hybrid powerplants). Heavier vehicles also cause more wear-and-tear on roads.
Oregon also taxes biodiesel made by organizations such as Portland's Biodiesel Collective IF it is used to power a vehicle on public roads.
Likewise, Oregon (and many other states) don't tax fuels, conventional or otherwise, if they are NOT used to power a vehicle on public roads, i.e. for ag use.
There's really no reason for someone not to pay what is in essence a road use tax just because they make their own fuel ...