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New Gas Tax Put’s Oregon 5th Highest

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Courtesy of Oregon Prosperity Project

By Taxpayer Association of Oregon & Foundation

Oregon lawmakers just passed $530 million in new vehicle and gas taxes.   Most Oregonians do not know the coming sticker shock and taxes that are heading their way.

Here is what the $530 million in new road taxes includes:

New car sales tax — it now costs $157 more on average to purchase a new car.   This tax will be punishing to auto dealers along the Oregon border, like Ontario, that will have to compete with customers driving a few miles to save on the new tax.

  • 10¢ per gallon gas tax increase.  This new increase puts Oregon as the nation’s 5th highest gas tax.
  • New statewide payroll tax — forcing rural Oregonians to pay a new 0.1% wage tax to subsidize big city bus services they don’t use.
  • $26 registration and title fee increase combined.  This fees combined make Oregon the nation’s 15th highest tax.
  • $15 bike tax — Oregon became the first state in the nation with its own bike tax.
  • 25% truck mileage tax increase — Many of the media reporting on this tax failed to mention the huge 25% truck mileage tax increase which will hurt Oregon’s trucking industry.

This transportation tax package was passed by Governor Kate Brown, Senate President Peter Courtney, and Speaker Tina Kotek

Sources: Comparison Data used from National Conference of State Legislatures “Registration and Title Fees by State” Report, 6/15/17, Tax Foundation State Gasoline Tax Rates 2017 Report. Other data from House Bill 2017 Oregon Legislative Staff Measure Summary. Bike tax applies to new bikes over $200.

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