Tax repeal effort declared out of gas.Byline: Edward Russo The Register-Guard
Eugene's city recorder on Thursday said an effort by gas station owners to repeal The Annulment or abrogation of a previously existing statute by the enactment of a later law that revokes the former law.
The revocation of the law can either be done through an express repeal the city's latest gas tax has failed to qualify for the ballot.
But a lobbyist for the station owners disagrees, and says the matter may end up in court.
City Recorder Mary Feldman said that a check by the Lane County Elections office of referendum signatures gathered by Eugene gas stations showed that they did not collect enough valid signatures to put the matter before Eugene voters in November.
"It didn't qualify," she said.
A referendum organizer, Ron Tyree, said organizers will discuss what to do, including the possibility of launching another signature-gathering effort to put the repeal before voters next year through an initiative petition.
"We'll evaluate our options," said Tyree, the owner of Tyree Oil, a Eugene-based gasoline gasoline or petrol, light, volatile mixture of hydrocarbons for use in the internal-combustion engine and as an organic solvent, obtained primarily by fractional distillation and "cracking" of petroleum, but also obtained from natural gas, by and fuel distributor that also has two stations in Eugene. "We are disappointed that it didn't (get on the ballot). We were optimistic op·ti·mist
1. One who usually expects a favorable outcome.
2. A believer in philosophical optimism.
op that we had enough signatures to refer it (to voters). But since we weren't successful, we certainly learned a lot about the process."
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Eugene gas station owners launched the repeal effort, needing to collect the valid signatures of at least 10 percent of the votes cast for mayor in the last mayoral election. That's 6,365 registered Eugene voters, the city said.
Station owners were helped by Oregon Petroleum Association lobbyist Paul Romain, who on Thursday argued that the city should have required the gathering of only 5,373 valid signatures.
Romain said the city set the incorrect higher threshold by erroneously er·ro·ne·ous
Containing or derived from error; mistaken: erroneous conclusions.
[Middle English, from Latin err including write-in votes for mayor in the vote tally from which the 10 percent was calculated.
Romain said he will try to persuade Tyree and other petition organizers to sue the city over the matter.
"We have more than sufficient signatures" to meet that 5,373 threshold, Romain said. "Unless I get talked out of it, there is a pretty good case that we will demand the referral be placed on the ballot."
The City Council in May voted to add 3 cents to the city's 5-cents-a-gallon gas tax to raise another $2 million annually for street repairs.
The referendum effort put the tax increase on hold.
With the petition drive's failure, the 3-cent-a-gallon increase will take effect Aug. 1, city officials said.
At 8-cents-a-gallon, Eugene will have the highest city gas tax in Oregon. About a dozen cities have gas taxes, most of them 3 cents a gallon gallon: see English units of measurement. .
The station owners launched the referendum to repeal the city's latest 3-cent gas tax increase and undo To restore the last editing operation that has taken place. For example, if a segment of text has been deleted or changed, performing an undo will restore the original text. Programs may have several levels of undo, including being able to reconstruct the original data for all edits a City Council action to keep a previous 2-cents-a-gallon increase that was originally set to expire next February.
A repeal of both actions would have knocked the city's gas tax back down to 3 cents a gallon.
Station owners sought the repeal, saying the comparatively high tax puts them at a disadvantage with station owners in Springfield, which has a 3-cent tax, and Lane County, which has none.
Station owners collected more than 10,000 signatures, which Feldman sent to Lane County Elections to check their validity.
Elections officials do not need to check each signature on petitions that require more than 4,500 signatures.
Instead, they analyzed an·a·lyze
tr.v. an·a·lyzed, an·a·lyz·ing, an·a·lyz·es
1. To examine methodically by separating into parts and studying their interrelations.
2. Chemistry To make a chemical analysis of.
3. two large samples and then extrapolated to reach a conclusion about the validity of all the signatures.
In order to qualify for the ballot, two samplings totaling 2,087 signatures would have had to yield 1,355 valid signatures, Feldman said. But the analysis found only 1,132 valid signatures in the sample, or 223 fewer than needed.
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At 8 cents, the gas tax will generate slightly more than $5 million for street work in the current fiscal year, he said.