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Notice of Receipt of Ballot Title (01/28/2016)

Notice is hereby given that a ballot title for a City-referred measure has been filed with the Elections Office of the City of Portland on January 28, 2016.

An elector may file a petition for review of this ballot title in the Multnomah County Circuit Court no later than 5:00 P.M. on Monday, February 8, 2016.

The ballot title is as follows:

BALLOT TITLE

CAPTION:

Temporary Motor Vehicle Fuel Tax for Street Repair, Traffic Safety

QUESTION:

Shall Portland adopt four year, 10 cents per gallon fuel tax dedicated to street repair, safety (including safer crossings, sidewalks)?

BALLOT SUMMARY:

Measure creates program dedicated to street repair, traffic safety through temporary, ten-cents per gallon tax on motor vehicle fuels in Portland for vehicles not subject to weight-mile tax, estimated to raise $64 million over four years.  Tax implemented no earlier than September 2016, expires in four years.  Establishes license requirements.

Project categories with examples in each category:

  • Street repair , ($35.8 million) - Parts of SE Foster, N Denver, NE Alberta
  • Safe Routes to School, ($8.8 million) – Lent Elementary traffic calming, David Douglas HS sidewalks, George Middle School crossings
  • Sidewalk completion, ($6.4 million) – SW Capitol Highway, NE 14th
  • High Crash Corridor safety improvements, ($3.9 million) - lighting on SE Powell, crosswalk improvements on NE Sandy, 82nd Avenue, SW Beaverton/Hillsdale Highway
  • Reducing bicycle / car conflicts, ($5.6 million) – two Neighborhood Greenways in East Portland, safer bicycle routes downtown
  • Intersection safety improvements, ($3.4 million) - focused on improving access to transit: NE MLK, US 30

Citizen oversight committee reviews expenditures, provides annual reports.  Audits required.