By Associated Press • 

Oregon drivers to take new road tax for a test spin

PORTLAND- Come July 1, the state of Oregon will be looking for 5,000 volunteers to take a new tax for a test spin.

It would be a road tax based on mileage driven, not on gallons of gasoline purchased.

The state Department of Transportation has been trying for years to find a replacement for the traditional gasoline tax to pay for construction and repairs.

Officials say gasoline tax revenue hasn't kept pace with construction costs because vehicles are more fuel-efficient and people drive less.

So the Legislature OK'd a test of a mileage tax.

Drivers who participate would keep track of their mileage. They'd pay 1.5 cents a mile as tax and then get a rebate for the 30-cent-a-gallon Oregon tax they'd pay.

For details, including how to sign up: www.myOReGO.org

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