Fuels tax before Central Point leaders tonight

Central Point's City Council is due to give final approval tonight to a 3-cent-per-gallon tax on fuel sold in the city.

The council gave its tentative OK to the tax earlier this month, saying it would help cover street repairs. The tax would become effective March 1.

Tonight's meeting is at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 140 S. Third St. It's open to the public.

The proposal has come under fire by critics who say the matter should go to a vote.

City staff has estimated that an average two-car household, purchasing 570 gallons of fuel for each car per year, would pay a total of $34.20 in city gas taxes annually if all the fuel were purchased in the city. Residents would save money because revenues from the gas tax would allow a current $60 per year street utility fee to be dropped.

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