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BEND, OR -- After a contentious battle, Bend voters will get the final say Tuesday on whether to implement a gas tax to fund road improvements. City Councilors have considered the tax for years, but after extensive study, decided to put it to voters in a special election.


Bend City Councilor Sally Russell supports the tax, along with a majority of the Council. She had cautionary words at last week's Council meeting. "So, here's what I ask every single voter within the city limits of Bend to do: First of all, I want you to do your homeworks [sic] and we all need you to get your facts. Get your facts and go figure out what this is about and understand all sides before you vote. Then, I encourage you to go vote. Vote and do what you think is best for your and our community."


The proposal calls for a 5-cent a gallon gas tax that would expire in 10 years. There are a couple of City Councilors who have vocally opposed the measure. Russell says she wants the group to be able to move forward together after the election. 

"Regardless of what the outcome is on March eighth, we have a lot of work to do in this community. And, to really do a good job, we need to work together. And I want to say, we've had some great examples of that: We're working together on the Urban Growth Boundary, we've come to some good decisions and hopefully some lasting, solid decisions." 
Voters must have ballots in to an official drop site by 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 8.


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