BEND, OR -- Supporters of the proposed five-cent per gallon gas tax gathered at Deschutes Brewery Monday, to present their side. New Bend resident Lou Capozzi tells KBND News, "I moved here from New York City in October, and I noticed right away that the streets weren't very good. So, I started asking around and met the people that were organizing this Yes for Bend Roads political action committee, and volunteered to help out."
He is encouraging others to vote yes on the March 8th ballot measure. "The truth is, an independent citizens committee of like 15 people - regular folks, like me - looked at this situation; they looked at all the sources of revenue, they looked at expenses and they came up $2.7 million short. So, to me, it's a pretty compelling argument that the gas tax is the best way to get the roads fixed."
Supporters say the gas tax will cost the average driver between $2.50 and $3.00 a month, and spreads the responsibility among tourists and residents, alike.