Portland voters to decide 10 cent gas tax in May


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Portland voters will decide the fate of a 10 cent per gallon tax on gas in May.

The Portland City Council on Wednesday voted unanimously to send the tax to the May 17 ballot. Petroleum industry officials have already voiced strong opposition for the tax.

The gas-tax vote is a final step in a two-year long battle over how to pay for street improvements in the city. In 2014, Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick pushed for a new street fee without a public vote, which was largely derided by Portland residents.

If approved, the gas tax is projected to raise about $35.8 million for paving projects and $28.2 million for safety projects, sidewalks and bike lanes.KOIN 6 News Staff contributed to this report. 

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