METRO regional government is asking voters to approve Measure 26-218 which adds a new $300 million wage tax to pay for transportation
Taxpayers Association of Oregon
Taxpayer Association of Oregon urges No vote on #26-281, the latest attempt by politicians, this time METRO, to raise even higher transportation taxes.
Taxpayers have had 11 years of transportation tax increases:
2009 – 6 cent gas-tax increase
2009 – Car registration fee increase
2009 – Auto title fee increase
2009 – License plate increase
2009 – New Multnomah car tax
2015 – 14-cent gas cost increase (LCFS est.)
2016 – 10-cent Portland gas-tax increase
2017 – New .5% car sales tax
2017 – 10 cent gas-tax increase
2017 – New Transportation .1% payroll tax
2017 – Auto registration fee increase
2017 – Auto title fee increase
2017 – 25% truck mileage tax hike
2020 – 10 cent Portland gas tax renewal
2020 – Employee payroll transit tax increase
Apparently, a decade of road tax hikes is not enough.
METRO wants their own $5.2 billion transportation tax package.
Even $5.2 billion may not be enough…
• The tax is permanent
• METRO can adjust the tax rate without a public vote
• METRO still favors creating road tolls even if the tax passes
And it won’t help reduce traffic:
• Only 3% of the METRO tax will be spent on congestion relief
• Why have a $5.2 billion transportation tax if it doesn’t help reduce traffic?
Taxpayer Association of Oregon urges No vote on #26-281
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