Re: “How to ensure mileage-tax revenue is spent on roads” [March 13, Opinion]:
As an alternative to an increase in the state gas tax or the burden of a self reported mileage tax, perhaps we should consider taxing another consumable: tires.
Until smart people invent an alternative, all vehicles use tires and tires have a finite lifetime. A tax added to new tires when purchased, including on new cars, could add the extra revenue needed and catch everyone who uses our roads.
An imprecise estimate of about $15 per tire would generate a 10% increase in funds for highways. Shoppers would look for longer-lasting tires and reduce the waste tire stream.
John Wietfeldt, Seattle
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