Troutdale voters approve penny-per-gallon gas tax

Voters approve gas tax in Troutdale, according to early election results

An attendant pumps gas at an Oregon station (KOIN, file)
An attendant pumps gas at an Oregon station (KOIN, file)

TROUTDALE, Ore. (KOIN) — Troutdale voters approved a ballot issue that would add a penny-per-gallon tax for each of the next 3 years, early election results showed late Tuesday night.

City leaders told KOIN 6 News the gas tax will raise $100,000 a year to pay for road maintenance and construction. The Troutdale City Council looked at a 5-cent per gallon increase, but gas station owners were worried about losing business.

The city tax would be added to the federal (18.4 cents), state (30 cents) and county (3 cents) gas taxes drivers already pay — a total that is just over 50 cents per gallon.

Fifteen other Oregon cities have a local gas tax ranging between a penny and a nickel per gallon.

The final results will come in as ballots are counted over the next couple of days.

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