He said the mileage could be measured manually, as a part of state inspections, or similar state-mandated reporting. Another option, Mattox said, would be to track mileage electronically, as is being tested in Oregon, where cars in Portland are required to have state-supplied GPS devices which report mileage to receiving devices installed on gas pumps.
Meanwhile, he said the Governor's Blue Ribbon Panel on Highways also is monitoring Virginia's plan to increase the state sales tax by 0.5 percent, dedicating the revenue to highways.
Mattox said each 1-cent increase in West Virginia's gas tax provides about $14 million, while a 0.5 percent increase in the state sales tax would provide about $100 million a year.
Sen. Mike Hall, R-Putnam, asked whether the proposed alternative road funding study would duplicate efforts by the governor's panel.
"I would be interested to know what an additional study will add," he stated.
Mattox said the governor's panel briefly studied a mileage fee, but said the proposal requires a more thorough study than the panel could complete in a short time frame and with limited funding.
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