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The City of Portland, Oregon

Auditor Simone Rede

Promoting open and accountable government

May 2016 Primary Election City-Referred Measures

Measure 26-173 Motor Vehicles Fuels Tax 

Ballot Title Caption: Temporary Motor Vehicle Fuel Tax for Street Repair, Traffic Safety

On January 27, 2016, the Portland City Council Pased Resolution No. 37185, referring a measure to Portland voters on the May 17, 2016 Primary Election Ballot.  


Ballot Title

Explanatory Statement

Additional Documents in E-Files

Ballot Title Challenge

Final Documents

Judge Immergut Stipulated Order

Notice of Measure Election - Final Ballot Title

Final Explanatory Statement


1/28/16 - Resolution filed with City Elections Officer; seven-day ballot title challenge period begins. An elector may file a petition for review of the ballot title in the Multnomah County Circuit Court no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, February 8th, 2016. 

2/8/16 - Ballot title challenge filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court.

3/8/16 - Final Ballot Title and Explanatory Statement filed with City and City Elections Officer via Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Immergut Stipulated Order

3/15/16 - Elections Officer Files Measure with Multnomah County Elections Office. County issues measure # 26-173.

5/17/2016 - Election held; measure passed by voters. View official results



Temporary Motor Vehicle Fuel Tax for Street Repair, Traffic Safety


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


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.