Cipriano Vargas supports per-mile tax that would apply to you and your family, costing you more than $1,172.00 each year.
The tax, proposed to begin in 2030 would consist of a 3.3 cent, per-mile tax levied by the San Diego Association of Governments, known as SANDAG. Vista’s Mayor is a voting member of the SANDAG Board of Directors and has direct input on this policy.
Proposed in the 2021 Regional Plan, adopted by the SANDAG Board of Directors, Cipriano Vargas’ boss, County Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer voted in favor of the tax. Recently, Vargas attacked John Franklin for opposing the tax.
Cipriano Vargas not only works for Lawson-Remer, they have known each other for years and are friends. Vargas has stated on multiple occasions that he is proud to work for Lawson-Remer and has not once diverged from any of her positions.
The San Diego Union Tribune reports that “The San Diego agency [SANDAG] expects the state to levy a tax on drivers of roughly 2 cents a mile”
The 3.3 cent tax levied locally and the 2 cent charge potentially levied by the State of California means the per-mile charge could be as high as 5.3 cents per mile. The United States Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration said that the average driver traveled 12,724 per year. According to the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics, the average number of vehicles per households is 1.9.
12,724 miles x 1.9 drivers x 5.3 cents = $1,281.31 per household, per year
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