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Portland's 10-Cent Gas Tax Gets to Work

Portland isn’t collecting a gas tax approved by voters in May yet, but the city is already finding a way to spend the money.
September 20, 2016, 8am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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“Officials broke ground Monday on the first street-repair project funded by a new gas tax, even though the city won't begin collecting the tax until January,” reports Elliot Njus.

The first project: an excavation of a failed section of street at the intersection of Southeast 104th Avenue and Bush Street. The project was made possible by a 10-cent-a-gallon tax approved by voters in May. Over the next four years, the tax is expected to raise $64 million.

“Just over half the proceeds, $35.8 million, is set to be used for street paving and repair projects, while $28 million is earmarked for bicycle and pedestrian safety projects, including sidewalks, crosswalks and bicycle routes,” adds Njus.

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Published on Monday, September 19, 2016 in The Oregonian
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