Alliance offers conditional support of Portland's gas tax proposal



Alliance offers conditional support of Portland's gas tax proposal

The Alliance offered its conditional support for Commissioner Steve Novick’s proposed gas tax. The proposal is a four-year, 10-cent-a-gallon local gas tax to raise approximately $16 million per year in additional revenue for street maintenance and safety projects.
The Alliance offered its conditional support for Commissioner Steve Novick’s proposed gas tax. The proposal is a four-year, 10-cent-a-gallon local gas tax to raise approximately $16 million per year in additional revenue for street maintenance and safety projects, and includes an oversight committee to monitor implementation. The proposed project list directs approximately 56 percent of the funding for paving maintenance and 46 percent for safety-related projects. The Alliance is prepared to support a 10-cent local gas tax, with the following caveats:
  • The new revenues from the city gas tax must be additive to those already dedicated to maintenance;
  • The city should dedicate additional ongoing city revenues to supplement any new gas tax revenue;
  • No additional taxes or fees should be assessed on this user group during the four-year period;
  • Vehicle road capacity should be maintained, particularly to ensure the flow of commerce into and through downtown and freight districts and corridors.
Read the letter.