Over forty organizations have endorsed a YES vote on Measure 26-173.
Local news publications have taken note, too. Check out what these community papers have to say
about the Fix Our Streets Portland campaign.
"...Because proponents are right when they say it’s the best temporary, albeit partial, solution they can come up with while they work on a long-term, comprehensive plan to attack the billion-dollar backlog of road projects in the city.That’s not exactly something they can put on a bumper sticker, but it’s enough for us. It also should be enough for Portlanders who want to make their city safer and their roads more passable." - Portland Tribune
"Voting against this measure to protest city spending decisions would be cutting off our roads to spite our face. The question is simple: Is 10 cents a gallon added to gas sales a fair price for fixing potholes and adding sidewalks? The answer is yes." - Willamette Week
"No, this gas tax is not a magic bullet for perfect Portland roads, and it will take more revenue sources to completely fix everything. But overall, it's worth it. We can't afford to remain stagnant on this issue and let our streets continue to crumble. The longer we wait to act, the costlier it'll be to fix. Do the right thing and vote yes on Measure 26-173." - Portland Mercury
"A “yes” vote wouldn’t be a gift from Portlanders to their city government, which regularly makes mistakes and will continue to. If it passes, it will be up to Portlanders (all of us on BikePortland included) to collect on the promise of this vote by making all these projects as good and smart as they can possibly be But without a “yes” vote on this ballot, most of these projects and the others that would follow them simply will not happen for many years to come. A “yes” vote would be a gift from Portlanders to themselves. Let’s do this." - BikePortland
"To be clear, a temporary 10-cent gas tax won’t solve all of Portland’s street woes. But sixty-four million dollars over four years will let the city tackle the most urgent paving and safety projects. Perhaps, too, it will remind Portlanders why investing in city streets is well worth our tax dollars. As neighbors see potholes getting filled and intersections operating without injury, they might feel a sense of satisfaction that local taxes are improving local livability. Our streets, our safety, and our sustainability depend on investments like this." - Sightline
The temporary gas tax is a smart, fair, cost-effective investment to ensure the longevity and safety of our transportation system. Affordable housing advocates, environmentalists, business advocacy groups, and Portland’s entire City Council and top mayoral candidates all agree that this gas tax is a necessary first step to avoid costly road repairs in the future and to help stem traffic violence in East Portland. Please vote yes for safer streets this May; we can’t afford to wait any longer to fix our streets. - Nick Sauvie, Executive Director, ROSE Community Development, Maxine Fitzpatrick, Executive Director, Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives, Inc., and Eli Spevak, Founder, Orange Splot LLC in Street Roots Editorial
Portland's leaders are finally addressing this issue head-on. Rejecting the tax now would punish Portlanders, not chasten elected officials. Portlanders must instead look forward. The current proposed gas tax has checks built in. Revenue must be spent on streets, and the tax is limited to four years unless Portlanders vote to renew it. The proposed gas tax stops kicking the can down the road for our children and grandchildren to manage. It's time for Portland to take action, and the City Club of Portland urges Portland voters to support the gas tax as an excellent first step. - Brian Landoe, Jennifer Rollins, Kristin Eberhard, City Club of Portland in the Oregonian
"We cannot afford to defer fixing our streets any longer. Portlanders of all ages and abilities deserve safer streets. That is why AARP supports Measure 26-173 as an important and timely response to the transportation needs of our rapidly growing city." - Bandana Shresthra, AARP - Oregon