Gas Tax Might Be Disappearing In New Jersey But There Could Be A Shocking Replacement
One would think that it would be good news for New Jerseyans that one of our taxes could be taken off the table.
Just to put it into perspective, fuel usage has gone down so much during COVID-19 that gas tax is going to increase 9.3 centers per gallon from so it will go from 41.4 cents to 50.7 cents .
You know the saying, "If it seems too be good to be true, it probably is," right?
Well, it applies this time around.
So according to Patch.com, New Jersey is seriously considering getting rid of the gas tax. That is because people are travelling a lot less because of the COVID-19 Pandemic so I guess the state feels like they are missing out a bit.
Which I get....but if one tax gets taken away, you know one will have to return in its place.
There is talk that New Jersey would implement a new "Mileage Fee."
This would mean that each individual vehicle in New Jersey would need a mileage counter. The farther your drive, the more money it will cost you.
So at first, I was thinking that maybe this wouldn't be so bad. Your cost would directly correlate to how much you travel.
But then, the phrase "Big Brother is always watching," immediately popped into my head.
Does this mean that the state is going to be able to track every move that we make?
"People are very concerned about putting any type of an onboard unit in their car. When E-ZPass started, it was the same thing," said the Transportation Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti. "We're not interested in where people are going."
Yea...not interested in where we are going. Okay.
But you CAN and we will probably never truly know just how much of our day-to-day lives are tracked on a regular basis. It is probably more than we would like to think.
I discussed this topic with 94.3 The Point's afternoon guy, Matt Ryan. Here's what he said:
"I don't think New Jersey is going to track everywhere we go, but it is creepy to know that they can."
Creepy doesn't even begin to cover it in my book.
The world is opening back up, restrictions are being lifted and people will be back out on the roads before you know it. So why do we need to change things?
There is also some discrepancy on what this will do cost-wise for New Jersey residents.
Does this mean that people who have to travel for work are being screwed when they are already responsible for the heavy wear and tear of their vehicle? Or would the cost fall on the employer?
Matt Ryan weighed in on this once again:
"Even though we have been driving less in New Jersey, between the gas tax and other financial hardships...I think we've paid enough. The world is slowly reopening and people will be travelling and driving again before you know it. Why can't we just let everything cycle back around?"
Now....some decently good news.
Studies on this are being conducted and until solid results come in, no changes will be made. Hopefully, gas usage will rebound before the state has a chance to make any changes like this one. Hopefully.....
So, where do you stand on this?