The Veneta City Council has voted to pass a local gas tax to raise money to fix roads and reduce a total of about $3. 6 million in deferred maintenance. Veneta is the most recent...
VENETA, Ore. — The Veneta City Council has voted to pass a local gas tax to raise money to fix roads and reduce a total of about $3.6 million in deferred maintenance.
Veneta is the most recent of a dozen cities, including Eugene, to embrace a local gas tax. Oakridge and Florence approved a tax earlier this month.
Veneta’s 3-cent-a-gallon tax is expected to bring in about $45,000 a year, said City Administrator Ric Ingham.
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“This will help us bring in new dollars to get at those repairs that need to be done,” Ingham said.
John Tapogna, managing director of the economic-consulting firm ECONorthwest, said smaller cities may have an easier time selling a local tax because residents may see a clearer connection between what they pay and what they get for city services.