STEVE NOVICK PROPOSES TAX ON STUDDED TIRES

OUR RECOMMENDATION 
To insure ALL studded tire users pay for damaging Portland’s roads, Were recommending that a Snow Park type permitting system be used.  Outlying residents (Vancouver included) would avoid paying a sales tax, yet they use studded tires too.   I-205 in Vancouver is totally stud tire damaged. A concrete road should  last 25-35 years,   The ruts now have to be filled with asphalt which only lasts 12 years, with studded tire use, only 6 years.  This is a huge non-point source of C02.  It’s important to lower our impact on the environment and this is a good place to start.  Only 10% of drivers use studded tires. Tire technology has rendered studded tires pointless.  It’s ridiculous the legislators have allowed Les Schwab to dictate how our roads are used.

Jeff Bernards