The tax would have to be put on the ballot; the fee would not.
70% support a natural gas tax
There are concerns, however...
About 5% of new vehicle purchases locally are electric.
BUT WHAT ABOUT EMBODIED ENERGY, LISA??
No, Tupper says: a 13 yo Honda Civic has better MPG than a new truck. "It doesn't degrade MPG over time."
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Several discounts have been suggested, including for ppl who have no "clean" option for the vehicles they need (trash trucks, etc.)
Tupper: No. Unless you set it at $256 a year, it’s not high enough to change behavior. Plus, it’s applied at the time of registration, not when they purchase the car.
Tupper: We'd like it to. Everyone we've talked to is on board with the concept.
Jones: I think it addresses any of the affordability concerns we hear any time we pursue a fee or tax. It's worthwhile to explore; I betcha if we figure it out, a lot of other cities would be interested.
Weaver is breaking in to say it should be handled by the city manager's office in partnership with the county, not the sustainability office.
Council did an informal "nod of five" to direct staff to explore the portal idea.
Ditto Morzel. "While I think the polling was very high, we have the muni coming up;" we just had the CAP (Climate Action Plan) tax in 2015, muni in 2017, etc.
Yates: "It's just going to annoy ppl and not achieve much."
Nagle agrees with Carlisle, wants to "address" in-commuting.
Tupper: "There's little incentive to electrify buildings or reduce natural gas use."
"Sounds like we'll take another crack at this in another year, or two or three."
"It needs to not be an afterthought; it needs to be front and center," Young says.