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State of Colorado May Tax Drivers' Mileage Instead Of Gas

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The cash-strapped Colorado Department of Transportation is looking into charging state drivers a per-mile fee instead of the current gas tax.

In a release, CDOT says about 100 drivers will take part in a pilot study beginning this fall and ending in the spring. It will study mileage-reporting technologies, a manual-reporting option, and other factors. CDOT says the state’s population is expected to double by 2040 to nearly 8 million, straining infrastructure. The agency reportedly faces a funding gap of about $1 billion over the next 25 years. A website offers more information: ruc.codot.gov.

Gail Binkly is a career journalist who has worked for the Colorado Springs Gazette and Cortez Journal. She is currently a freelance writer as well as the editor of the Four Corners Free Press, based in Cortez.
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