and other drivers would pay more under a plan unveiled May 28 to
help pay for Oregon’s road and bridge repairs.
transportation finance plan would raise $2.5 billion over 10 years,
mostly from bonds repaid from higher vehicle registration and title
fees, higher permit and license fees on drivers and higher weight-mile
taxes on truckers, the Statesman Journal reported.
two-thirds of the revenue would go toward repairing or replacing
bridges on the state’s major highways. The rest of the money would
go to cities, counties and the state for road projects.
features include a proposed credit against income taxes for purchases
of new truck engines.
Rick Metsger, D-Mount Hood, told the newspaper the credit was a
concession to truckdrivers facing higher weight-mile taxes as well
as other fees.
and I pay our fees for cars, but truck operators are paying for
this plan many times over,” Metsger, chairman of the Senate transportation
panel, said. “We have to recognize the serious financial straits
that our trucking industry is facing right now.”
financing plan is contained in HB2041, HB2367 and HB2388. The House
Transportation Committee is expected to continue consideration of
the bills June 1.