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Subject: CORRECTION: SB 139 makes no sense
Date: Thu Feb 27 05:28:02 MST 2014
SB 139 make NO sense and Hurts Hybrid Owners!
Consumer Report (http://consumerreports.org/cro/2012/01/hybrids-diesels-do-they-save-money/index.htm) shows the average gas mileage of the Prius is 44 mpg which is close to the Honda Civic, Dodge Dart, VW Diesel and several other non-hybrids. A hybrid is NOT the only type of vehicle able to get high gas mileage. Why not levy a fee on high mpg non-hybrids, motorcycles and bicycles?
According tohttp://www.reviews.cnet.com , The price of the hybrids are comparable with non-hybrids, given the same options such as the backup camera, some non hybrids are even more expensive. According to SB139 logic, no low income person is able to afford an expensive vehicle solely because it's a hybrid which even you must recognize is not true since many low income families own a SUV which are just as expensive. People of low income are able to afford a new hybrid with the same long-term financing options and proper money management as a person with higher income. If a low income person cannot afford an expensive vehicle, it makes no difference if hybrid or non-hybrid. Used Prius's are available, and a low income person is NOT restricted to purchasing just a new hybrid. Finally the savings through high MPG will reduce the overall price to the low income owner. (http://consumerreports.org/cro/2012/01/hybrids-diesels-do-they-save-money/index.htm)
According to SB139 logic of Prius owners paying less in tax, Utah already receives a higher registration tax on hybrids. Additionally, Utah already generates a high rate of tax since many hybrids have a high compression Atkinson engine which does not achieve high compression in Utah with the 85 octane 10 percent alcohol. The Utah high altitude allows most all non-turbo charged vehicles to use 85 Octane 10 percent alcohol gas. However the BTU is significantly reduced from 115,000 BTU to 76,000 – 81,600 BTU which results in less energy available and more gas is needed and gas mileage is reduced More gasoline sales results in more tax being generated. My 2008 Prius achieves 43.5 mpg in Utah but close to 50 mpg where non-alcohol 87 octane gas is available. I am able to save money by purchasing gas in Mesquite, Nv.
SB139 reasoning does NOT convince me that the Prius causes as much damage as heavier vehicles. When and where has the Prius spilled thousand of oil, gas and damaging products on the highways such as a tractor trailer? When and where has the Prius left deep ruts in the paved roads? When and where has the Prius left slabs of rubber tires on the road for other vehicles to hit and get damaged? When has anyone seen huge puffs of black smoke from the exhaust pipe of a Prius? Please provide me the EVIDENCE!
SB139 will add hybrid owners as much as 50 cents more per gallon of gasoline. Driving an average of 1000 miles a month. An auto that reaches 35 mpg, uses 28 gallons and pays $6.86 in tax. A Prius owner that reaches 45 mpg, uses 22.2 gallons, pays $5.44 (22.2 gal X $0.245 tax) AND $11.33 (SB139 = $139/12 months) = $16.77 in gas tax per month. This equals $0.755 of tax per gallon. I WILL BE PAYING close to 50 cents more than non-hybrid auto owners. THAT'S FAIR AND EQUAL?? To WHOM: NOT ME!!!
Additionally Since I am retired and on a fixed income. Like many hybrid owners, my taxable income is low in so far as anEnergy Efficient Vehicle Tax Credits (HB 74) will not apply. Thousands of senior citizen whose sole income is on Social Security (9 percent below poverty (http://www.eitc.irs.gov/central/eitcstats/), and 200,000 others who are receiving Federal EITC (http://www.eitc.irs.gov/central/eitcstats/) will not benefit from the state tax credit. The same applies to any low income Utah citizen, including those with disabilities who are and have been unable to work and are low income.
SB139 reasoning is ludicrous! Why not levy a fee on BALD men since Utah doesn't collect taxes from bald headed men not buying hair products and patronizing barber shops!