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January 24, 2015

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Letter to the editor:

New Jersey has a good tax system

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With respect to the columns regarding the proposal to change from a per-gallon tax to a mileage tax, the transition would not be as difficult as indicated if Nevada established a system similar to that of New Jersey.

When I lived there, it was necessary to obtain an inspection certificate in addition to a smog check before one’s registration was renewed. For a modest fee, one could bring one’s vehicle to an inspection station where the brakes, lights, horn and wipers were checked as well as any body damage noted. Any defects had to be corrected before the registration could be renewed. In such a system, the inspector also could read the odometer and provide that information to the Department of Motor Vehicles and the individual charged the desired amount on his or her next registration form.

In addition to providing the “mileage” tax, it would eliminate the many vehicles driving with a headlight or taillight that is not working and require vehicles that have body damage to be repaired, perhaps saving someone from physical damage.

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  1. Just what we need: more government snooping into our affairs! We already have a "mileage" tax. Every time we buy a gallon of fuel, it's taxed so, the more we drive, the more fuel we use and the more tax we pay. Enough already with the "tax & spend" Carson City Clowns!

  2. NJ, as the letter writer says, does an excellent job on car safety inspections for mechanics and pollution. So does Virginia and many other states. Nevada is surely one of the worse if not the worst. But taxes on gas are already equivalent to, if not more than, the product cost itself. Taxing gas is an easy way for taxing authorities to hike revenue for all the lame reasons they can connive.

    Carmine D

  3. There's an old saying. "STUPID IS AS STUPID DOES" this crap proves it.