Chamber voices opposition to proposed gas tax

The Chamber of Medford/Jackson County board said Wednesday it opposes Central Point's proposed gas tax.

The local business group said it hoped its preemptive move would lead to a unified gas tax policy in the region.

"The Chamber has supported modest increases in Oregon's gas tax every legislative session for the last two decades because of the importance of transportation to commerce," Chamber President and Chief Executive Officer Brad Hicks said in a statement.

The Central Point City Council is considering the matter Thursday night.

"Though we work very closely with municipalities throughout our growing region on the issue of transportation infrastructure and sympathize with them during these tough times, we want to make sure a needed increase is broad-based and is as equitable as possible."

He said the chamber is lobbying the Legislature to pass a comprehensive gas tax policy and opposes piece-meal collection. The chamber board said city-based gas taxes puts businesses at a competitive disadvantage with neighboring towns and cities.

— Greg Stiles

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