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New Portland gas tax has some station owners concerned

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Portland voters narrowly approved a gas tax for the next four years in Tuesday’s election.

The tax, which will mean an increase of 10 cents per gallon at the pump, is designed to help fund street repairs and improve traffic safety. 

But while Portland voters approved the measure by some 6,000 votes, some gas station owners, especially ones with shops that are just barely inside city limits, aren't necessarily sold on the idea.

Tyler Goecks owns a Shell Station on the border with Beaverton. He said it is going to be very tricky to compete with another station a street away outside of Portland’s tax.

“My concern is that one of my businesses is inside Portland here, but it is actually on the boundary of Beaverton, which is Washington County,” he said. “And it’s going to be very tricky for me to compete with neighboring businesses around here. So I guess I’ve got to see how it plays out.”

The tax is only temporary and will no longer be in effect in four years.

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