After many months of disagreement over the best way to increase street maintenance and safety projects, the City Council unanimously voted to refer a temporary 10-cents-a-gallon gas tax to the May 17 Primary Election ballot on Wednesday.

Commissioner Steve Novick proposed the measure after it was recommended by the City Club of Portland following the collapse of council negotiations on a series of other funding measures collectively referred to as a street fee.

The proposed tax would last four years and raise an estimated $64 million. It will be opposed by Oregon Fuels Association, which represents gas dealers.

For an earlier Portland Tribune story on the gas tax, visit

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