Kansas wants to try a “tax by the mile”



The Kansas Transportation Department is launching an experiment to switch from paying taxes at the fuel pumps to paying taxes on each mile driven by motorists.

The state has asked for volunteers in a pilot program that begins in April. An alternative system where drivers are charged for miles driven will be studied.

The Kansas City Star reports the volunteers will keep track of their mileage during a three-month study. Right now, the fuel tax rate in Kansas is 24 cents per gallon on gasoline and 26 cents per gallon on diesel fuel. The rates have been in effect since 2003.

Under a possible mileage tax or what is called a road usage charge, motorists would be charged about a penny per mile.