By Taxpayers Association of Oregon
Oregon lawmakers advanced a tolling and transportation bill, HB 3055, this week.
– Creates eligibility requirements for Oregon to begin a tolling system.
– Extends aviation fuel taxes.
– Expands short-term borrowing indebtedness capacity from $100 million to $600 million.
– Makes numerous small changes to Oregon’s transportation laws.
Much of the larger debate on tolling has included the possibilities of tolling Interstate 5, Interstate 205 and the Columbia River Bridge which could cost as much as $5 per person.
HB 3055 includes a huge collection of transportation fixes. You can read a summary of HB 3055 transportation fixes at this bill summary here.
OPB reports on the transportation-tolling bill, “HB 3055 moves on to a hearing of the legislature’s joint ways and means committee. The 52-page bill includes a wide variety of technical fixes and changes to Oregon statute that lawmakers want to see made, such as extending the sunset on the state’s aviation fuel tax which funds rural airports, validation of disabled parking permits and delegating authority to certain counties in designating speed limits on local highways.”
If Oregon becomes a tolling state, this toll tax would be in addition to the $5 billion (10-year) road tax bill passed in 2017 which included 10-cent gas tax, car sales tax, truck tax increase, auto registration fee increase, auto title fee increase, payroll tax for transit, and the nation’s first ever bike tax.