Fuel tax measure fails; maintenance to continue to focus on safety

On Nov. 8, voters turned down a proposed countywide, seven-year fuel tax measure with 37% of people voting in favor of the measure and 63% voting in opposition. Therefore, the county continues to face a $17 million annual shortfall for road maintenance, due to escalating costs and the loss of stable funding. Oregon law prohibits using property taxes for road maintenance, and the county has no local gas tax, vehicle registration fee or other local source of funds for road maintenance.

We will continue to manage our 1,400-mile road system with safety as the number one priority. The focus will be on using our limited funds for maintenance activities such as brushing, mowing, shoulder repair, signs, lane markings and other relatively low-cost measures that maintain good sight-lines and help keep drivers safe.