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3 cent per gallon tax approved by voters in November, revenue to fund street improvements

PMG PHOTO: ANNA DEL SAVIO - Gas stations in Scappoose, including Fred Meyer on Highway 30, will tack on a 3-cent-per-gallon charge to fuel purchases starting Jan. 1.Fuel prices in Scappoose have increased by 3 cents per gallon, effective for the next 10 years. With just 1,053 votes in favor, the city won a November ballot measure to institute the fuel tax to fund sidewalk and street improvements.

Top priority areas include completing sidewalks and pavements on Old Portland Road between Havlik Drive and Highway 30 and improving sidewalks and pavements near Grant Watts Elementary School and on Southwest JP West Road between Highway 30 and Southwest 4th Street.

"These projects will require engineering that is scheduled to kick off Spring of 2020. Construction will be scheduled once the City has verified adequate funding is available to complete these projects. Funds will also be used to help

pay for asphalt maintenance and overlays of Streets that are in need of

them and other beneficial projects identified," Scappoose Public Works Director Dave Sukau explained via email.

City staff is also working to update the city's Streets Capital Improvement Plan to align with projected revenue from the tax, Sukau explained.

The tax is expected to generate $300,000 annually.

The tax went into effect Jan. 1, bringing Scappoose in line with the rate paid in Multnomah County. Columbia County does not have a fuel tax, but state and federal taxes still apply.


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