TD Council To Wait And See On Gas Tax
By a three-to-two vote, The Dalles City Council voted to wait and see what Wasco County decides to do with its proposed road district before placing a three-cent a gallon municipal gas tax increase on the November ballot. Wasco County Commissioners will hold two more hearings on the road district proposal in early August before deciding whether to put it on the ballot in areas other than The Dalles. That had Councilors wondering if they should wait to see what happens, and if revisiting a combined road district might be a better course of action. Councilor Dan Spatz noted both the City and the County are in a bind due to the loss of federal timber dollars, with a County road district creating property tax compression issues while a City gas tax doesn’t benefit the County. The City Council has scheduled a special meeting for August 14 to discuss the topic, and they could move to put the gas tax on the ballot at that time.