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Oregon Governor Signs Transportation Package That Includes 6-Cent Gas-Tax Increase

Oregon Governor Signs Transportation Package That Includes 6-Cent Gas-Tax Increase

Excerpt from AASHTO Journal, July 31, 2009
 
Gov. Ted Kulongoski this week signed legislation approving an annual $300 million Oregon highway improvement program funded by a six-cent fuel-tax increase and higher vehicle fees.
 
Because of the current recession, the gas tax will not take effect until after two consecutive quarters of employment growth or January 2011, whichever comes first. The motor-vehicle fees will increase this fall with the two-year vehicle registration fee, now $54, increasing to $86. The vehicle title fee will go up from $55 to $77. The cost of license plates will increase from $5 a pair to $20.  
 
 While the primary employment boost from the new funding package will kick in next construction season, transportation officials estimate that some 4,000 jobs will be created by the new funding.

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