Lawmakers Meet to Discuss Hybrid Car Tax

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AUGUSTA, Maine (WMTW)- Hybrid and electric car drivers say they're getting a savings on fuel, but the state wants to tax them on what they're not buying.

At a hearing Tuesday, lawmakers heard both supporters and opponents of a bill that would add a proposed fee for the vehicles.

Supporters say the revenue would be about 2.5 million dollars a year, filling the gap in the gas tax that's lost because owners are spending less on fuel.

Opponents say the $150 - $250 suggested fee is an over estimate and they shouldn't be penalized for their purchase.

"We're just trying to come up with a number that's fair to everybody," said Wayne Parry, (R) Arundel. "So that everybody pays their fair share towards the maintenance of the roads."

"And if they're going to purchase and drive a cleaner car that's good for all of us and we shouldn't be imposing unfair new taxes on them for doing that," said Dylan Voorhees of the Natural Resources Council of Maine.

Some of the car owners say they'd be willing to pay an additional fee for road maintenance, but it should be based on vehicle weight and miles driven per year.