Tax proposal could change Californians' commute

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — A proposal in Sacramento could change the way California drivers are taxed.

Right now, California drivers are taxed 52.9 cents per gallon of gasoline.

State Sen. Mark DeSaulnier introduced SB 1077, which would develop a pilot program designed to implement a mileage-based fee that would replace the state’s current tax.

The idea is to tax drivers for each mile they drive.

Drivers Eyewitness News spoke with don’t like the idea.

Carlos Pedolla lives in Santa Clarita. He commutes to Bakersfield, Camarillo and Palmdale. He said Wednesday that the new tax would hit his wallet hard.

“I drive a lot,” Pedolla said. “I drive about 3,000 miles each month, so that’d be insanity. That’d be too much.”

Pedolla doesn’t have to worry yet.

The findings from the pilot program have to be submitted to the Legislature by mid-2017.

Then, the state would have to approve a separate bill to move forward with a change to the statewide system.