1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 1331, Portland, OR 97204
In May 2016, Portland voters approved actions by the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) when they approved Measure 26-173, a new $0.10 per gallon fuel tax for repairing streets. This was the first local funding source in the city’s history dedicated to the city’s transportation system. That same month, Portland City Council passed a Heavy Vehicle Use Tax on companies operating trucks over 13 tons, which resulted in companies paying 13% of the total fuel tax revenue which was directed for use on Portland’s streets.
If the measure passes, projects would be completed related to existing programs from Measure 26-173 and seek an additional $74.5 million for additional funds for paving, traffic signals, sidewalks, street lighting, as well that provide access to schools, transit, and community services. Spending from the program would be overseen by an Oversight Committee representing the communities who use Portland's streets and roads.
The proposal if passed, would renew the temporary $0.10 per gallon fuel tax that sunsets after four years in 2024. Voters will have the opportunity to consider the measure during the May 2020 election. If the measure passes, the city would move forward with the proposed projects to complete street pavement-maintenance projects, add sidewalks, curb ramps, street lights, signs, and crosswalk improvements that include signals/beacons to Portland’s transportation system using the funding from the $0.10 per gallon fuel tax. If the measure does not pass the fuel tax would not be renewed and the following projects would not be built.
This information was reviewed by the Oregon Secretary of State’s Office for compliance with ORS 260.432.
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