Madras Gas Tax Referendum, 2009

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A Madras Gas Tax Referendum did not appear on the November 3, 2009 ballot in Jefferson County for voters in the City of Madras. The referendum called for voters to approve or reject the gas tax.

On August 11, 2009 the city council approved a new three-cent per gallon gas tax to pay for road maintenance after a 4-1 vote. The new tax will be implemented over the span of three years and is expected to begin July 1, 2010.[1]

Shortly after the council approved the tax, Paul Romain from the Oregon Petroleum Association filed paperwork to put a referendum on the ballot. Romain also filed a similar measure in the city of Sisters.[2] OPA officials have in the past advocated statewide gas taxes before but said that the local gas taxes being passed through out the state are "unfair to dealers."[3]