Portlanders renew their gas tax overwhelmingly
Portland voters renewed their 10-cent gas tax by a wide margin on Tuesday.
Measure 26-209 garnered nearly 77% of the vote. Meanwhile, about 23%, voted against the measure in the first round of results reported by Multnomah County Elections.
"I'm really just delighted," said Steph Routh, campaign manager for the 'Yes' campaign called Fix Our Streets. "I think what we're seeing is Portlanders value their streets, value their common assets, and want to maintain them."
Referred to a vote by the Portland City Council, the measure renews the city's 10 cents per gallon fuel tax for another four years. It was first approved by voters in 2016.
The measure will raise an estimated $74.5 million over the course of four years, starting January 2021 - covering basic road maintenance and some other costs.
The measure was supported by the Portland City Council, neighborhood activists and groups such as AARP. It was opposed by the Cascade Policy Institute and the Taxpayer Association of Oregon.
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