Redmond supports gas tax

Redmond becomes the third Central Oregon city to approve a new gas tax.

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Like Sisters and Madras before it, the Redmond City Council approved a 3-cents-per-gallon gas tax to be implemented in January 2011, unless voters fight against it.

The Redmond City Council voted 7-0 Tuesday night to approve the new tax, which is expected to raise approximately $300,000 per year to fund maintenance of city streets. It becomes the third Central Oregon city to pass a fuel tax in the past month. Councilors decided to have the tax become effective in 2011, by which time they expect the economy will have recovered.

Opponents of the tax, led by Paul Romain, an attorney for the Oregon Petroleum Association, plan to file the necessary paperwork today to begin collecting signatures to refer the tax to voters.

Read the full story at The Bulletin.

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