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Portland commissioner proposes 10-cent-per-gallon gas tax to fix roads

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Portland drivers may now be able to have a say in the city’s deteriorating road conditions. Portland city commissioner Steve Novick unveiled a plan on Monday to invoke a temporary gas tax to help fix the city’s roads.

City leaders say road conditions have been getting worse over the last few decades, and the cost of fixing the roads is estimated to be up to one billion dollars.

City officials had previously proposed a Portland street fee to be put on this past May’s ballot, but the idea was put on pause to explore more solutions.

The temporary gas tax is calling for 10 cents for every gallon for the next four years which is expected to raise 58 million dollars.

Novick says he will ask the city council to put the measure on the ballot for people to vote on in next May’s election. He says there’s now enough momentum to get the tax increase passed.   

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