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Sign-ups pass 1,000 for OReGO

OReGO has over 1,000 sign-ups since starting July 1, 2015. (Will Maetzold/KTVL)

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. -- A new program designed to collect taxes for road projects across Oregon is up and running.

OReGO began July 1. The option from the Oregon Department of Transportation allows drivers to pay tax per-mile driven instead of through a typical surcharge on gasoline.

ODOT said so far reaction has been good.

"So far we've had over 1,000 vehicles enrolled in the program which is great," ODOT spokeswoman Michelle Godfrey said. "It's a good healthy number with just six months in."

The OReGO program works through installing a device in your car that tracks how many miles you drive. The charge is 1.5 cents per every mile driven. In exchange, those participating in the program receive a credit for what they are already charged at the gas pump.

Local drivers still have mixed feelings about the program.

"I think it makes it easier for everyone," Kirk Jensen of Grants Pass said. "The people with electric cars, they seem to be getting away with a lot less taxes."

Some other drivers feel differently.

"It might save some people money but it's not worth it," driver Roger Vait said.

Vait said he doesn't like the new program because it gives out too much of his information.

"I don't want anyone keeping track of how much I drive and it will be used for other things besides that."

Jensen sees more economic benefit to the new system.

"If it would drop the price of gas, it would make it a lot easier for families to go out because the other vehicles are paying the same amount the taxes could go down." he said.

Godfrey said they would still like to see more people sign-up in the rural parts of the state.

To sign-up, just go to www.myorego.org.

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