We've all heard it said that the best tax is one that someone else pays. Well Measure 5-275, the proposed city of Scappoose 3-cents-per-gallon fuel tax, comes close. The measure only applies to fuel merchants inside the city and it ends after 10 years. The estimated $300,000 generated annually would be used to provide much-needed repairs to our sidewalks, streets and infrastructure. Most of this income will be paid by people who are non-residents and just passing through.
We live in a community of good people, good schools, a city government that cares and, in general, we are blessed with a great quality of life. Unfortunately, there's a glaring exception: Many of our sidewalks and streets are unsafe because they are in bad repair or nonexistent. When children and other pedestrians must step off to the side of the road when a car passes because there are no sidewalks, it's time to do something.
Measure 5-275 gives Scappoose residents the opportunity to fix this problem in the most painless way possible. If this measure does not pass, most of these improvements are unlikely to be done in the foreseeable future.
Thanks for voting yes on Measure 5-275.
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