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Jul 19, 2012 3:05 PM by Associated Press

Officials float San Francisco Bay area mileage tax

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - San Francisco Bay area officials are mulling the idea of charging motorists a tax on every mile they drive in the nine-county region.

Members of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the Association of Bay Area Governments have scheduled a vote Thursday night on whether to approve a long-range study on the merits of imposing a Vehicle Miles Traveled tax.

Under a proposal still in its early stages, drivers would be required to install GPS-like odometers in their vehicles and pay from a penny to a dime for every mile driven.

Commission spokesman Randy Rentschler says the idea is to raise money for roads and public transit while reducing traffic and pollution from car emissions.

But he acknowledges that concept could prove a hard sell with Bay Area residents.

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