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Oregon lawmakers considering per-mile tax for some drivers

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Fuel-efficient cars are designed to save people money on gas, but those who drive them could soon start paying a mileage tax.

The government has been collecting taxes at the pump to pay for building and fixing roads for years, but drivers of electric cars avoid the gas tax because they don't fuel up.

State legislators are looking at adding a tax for cars that get at least 55 miles per gallon, with the money going toward state roads. Some Portland residents say area roads could use the help.

"I think they have to impose additional taxes on those cars to pay for the roads because the roads are just falling apart," said Scott Element, a Portland resident.

"I ride my bike. I hit bumps, it throws me off my bike. I don't necessarily like the damage it does to my car either, so I think it's a good thing," said Luanne Zoller, who owns a fuel-efficient car.

Opponents of the bill said they worry it will hurt the sale of highly efficient cars.

If the bill passes, the tax could be in place by 2015.

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