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September 3, 2015

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Letter to the editor:

Lifting the smog on highway taxes

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In the column that ran May 5, “Charging for miles traveled will help fix roads, ease traffic,” authors Denvil Duncan and John Graham have a rational fix: Base one’s tax on mileage used (but throw in weight and whatever else wears down our highways too).

In Nevada, this should be a piece of cake. We already have to get a smog test, which requires the vehicle make, year, etc., so weight can be determined. It also shows mileage. Also, when one sells a car, the final mileage of the owner is recorded.

There you have it. A simple way to collect the information to assess highway tax fairly.

Come on, whomever is in charge. Let’s make Nevada No. 1 for sanity in collecting highway maintenance and construction taxes.

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