Eugene Gas Tax Referendum (2009)
|Not on Ballot|
| This measure did not or |
will not appear on a ballot
A Eugene Gas Tax Referendum did not qualify for the November 3, 2009 ballot in Lane County for voters in the City of Eugene. Tax referendum supporters failed to meet the signatures requirements to place the measure on the November ballot.
On July 27, 2009, the Eugene City Council voted 7-0 to make permanent a 2-cent part of the city's current nickel-a-gallon gas tax. When the tax was initially imposed, two cents of it was said to be a temporary tax.
The Oregon Petroleum Association is opposed to the city's determination to make the temporary gas tax permanent, and has said it will launch a petition drive to put the measure on the ballot as a veto referendum. The OPA will have 30 days to collect signatures of 8,041 registered City of Eugene voters.
Referendum supporters had 30 days to collect a minimum of 8,041 valid signatures. As of September 12, 2009 referendum supporters did not collect enough valid signatures to place the measure on the November ballot. A total of 9,309 signatures were submitted but only 65% were deemed valid. Most signatures, according to county officials were rejected because voters were not Eugene residents.