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Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center, University of Maine

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This report, the second of three, presents the results of a survey of snowmobile users whose snowmobiles were registered in the dtate of Maine during 2000. In June 2001, telephone interviews were completed with 635 randomly selected Maine resident and nonresident snowmobile owners. The study had a cooperation rate of 82% among persons who were successfully contacted. The survey data show that the operators of registered snowmobiles purchased an average of 87.4 gallons (rounded to the nearest tenth) of gasoline during the most recent one-year period ending in June 2001. Since there were 95,334 (in state and out-of-state) registered snowmobiles this means that the total quantity of fuel purchased in Maine in 2000 by Maine-registered snowmobiles was 8,336,275 gallons. The excise tax on gasoline imposed by the State of Maine is $0.22 per gallon. Therefore, the operator of a Maine-registered snowmobile pays on average $19.24 per year per snowmobile, and operators of all Maine registered snowmobiles together pay $1,833,981 per year in Maine gasoline fuel excise taxes. This estimate does not include gasoline use by snow groomers which are included in the snowmobile registration records.


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