Phoenix, Ore.– Voters are giving the thumbs up on a diesel fuel tax. The unofficial results of Tuesday night’s ballot measure show 70 percent of those who cast ballots said yes to a two-cent (per gallon) diesel fuel tax. Nearly 30 percent said no.
The money raised from that tax would go towards repairing roads near the Fern Valley Interchange. But that’s raising concerns among truck drivers who say they already pay the state for road repair projects. Local trucking companies pay the state based on how many miles they drive. If the tax goes into effect, they threaten to go to other cities for their fuel.
The vote will not be official until it’s certified in the next few weeks.