Portland Gas Tax Brings in Nearly $20 Million in First Year

That's nearly $4 million more than projected.

(Kristina Morris)
Portland’s gas tax brought in more than expected in its first year.

Portland Bureau of Transportation collected $19.86 million in 2017 on a tax that was projected to bring in roughly $16 million.

The Portland Mercury first reported the figures on Friday morning.

Voters approved the 10-cents-a-gallon tax in 2016 that called for dedicating 56 percent of the proceeds to street repair while the remainder is dedicated to safety improvements, including for pedestrians and bicyclists.

"After I spent three years working to establish a new, dedicated source of funding for street repair and traffic safety, it's gratifying to see that the voter-approved gas tax is bringing in even more resources than we expected," says former City Commissioner Steve Novick, who championed the gas tax.

"Hats off to the community advocates, the business leaders, and the voters of Portland who made this possible."

The Portland City Council also approved a Heavy Vehicle Use Tax— on freight haulers — that were exempted from the gas tax. This was also expected to bring in an additional $2.5 million per year, but an estimate from that tax were not available yet.

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