From: Ellen Rogalin, Clackamas Co. Department of Transportation & Development, 503-742-4274
Media and Interested Parties
In response to the continuing need for road maintenance funds in Clackamas County, on July 12 the Board of Commissioners approved placing a 6-cents-per-gallon fuel tax measure on the Nov. 8 ballot.
The public is invited to comment on the proposed fuel tax measure at the board's business meeting set for 6 p.m., Thursday, July 21, in the fourth floor Public Hearing Room in the Public Services Building, 2051 Kaen Road in Oregon City.
Everyone who wishes to speak will be given the opportunity to do so. Comments may also be submitted to BCCmail@clackamas.us.
The proposed countywide fuel tax would last for seven years and raise an estimated $9 million per year.
The tax would be collected countywide and, though not required by state law, the county would distribute 40 percent of the revenue to participating cities, based on population.
To participate, cities have been asked to pass a resolution in support of the measure and approve an intergovernmental agreement, agreeing to the distribution percentage. Each city will determine how best to spend the revenue based on its own transportation needs.
The board has already reviewed a list of the specific county maintenance and safety projects that would be accomplished with the funds generated.
Clackamas County is responsible for 1,400 miles of roads (more paved roads than any other Oregon county), and more than half of them are in fair-to-poor condition. Since the county is not allowed to pay for road maintenance with property tax revenue, and since road funding revenue has remained nearly static for more than 20 years, there is now a $265 million gap between the amount of road maintenance needed and available funds.
The county relies on three primary sources of revenue for road maintenance — state gas taxes, state heavy-weight mile taxes (from trucks) and state vehicle registration/title fees. State gas taxes have only increased once since 1993 and are not adjusted to inflation.
More information about road maintenance, including the list of county paving projects that would be completed with the revenue, is available at www.theroadahead.us.
For more information, members of the media and public may contact Community Relations Specialist Ellen Rogalin at 503-742-4274.