MEASURE 76


ARGUMENT IN FAVOR

MEASURE 76 IS FAIR

Submitted by Fred. D. Duckwall

President

Duckwall Pooley

Fruit Company

As a fresh fruit packer who moves apples and pears across Oregon's local and state roads, highways and bridges, I urge you to vote YES on Measure 76.

Without the measure, heavy out-of-state trucks could pay less than their fair share of the cost of damage they do to Oregon highways. Measure 76 will correct that by guaranteeing that all motorists pay their fair share.

Measure 76 ensures that nobody
­ including out-of-state trucks ­
gets a break when it comes to paying
for Oregon's roads and bridges.

There is no higher priority for me than getting my goods from my packaging facility to my customers. Without good roads, highways and bridges, I'm out of business and my employees are out of a job. It's only fair that the motorists whose driving damages the roads pay for the repairs and improvements.

However, there currently is no constitutional requirement that trucks pay their fair share of the costs of our highways. Measure 76 would guarantee that the state examine highway costs every two years and allocate them fairly and proportionately to cars and trucks.

We need to guarantee cost responsibility.

Vote YES on 76.

(This information furnished by Fred D. Duckwall, Fair Funding for Better Roads.)

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ARGUMENT IN FAVOR

OREGON'S CONSTRUCTION WORKERS SUPPORT MEASURE 76!

All vehicles, cars and trucks alike, should pay their fair share for the damage they do to our roads. That's why Measure 76 is so important.

Today, there is no constitutional requirement that cars and trucks pay their fair share of the cost of Oregon's highways. Measure 76 fixes that by requiring the legislature to maintain cost responsibility between cars and trucks.

Vote YES on 76.

(This information furnished by Bob R. Shiprack, Oregon State Building and Construction Trades Council.)

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ARGUMENT IN FAVOR

YOUR CITIES SUPPORT MEASURE 76

Funding Responsibility Measure Guarantees All Drivers
Pay Their Fair Share

Mayor Joanne Verger, Coos Bay
President, League of Oregon Cities

Commissioner Charlie Hales, Portland
Vice President, League of Oregon Cities

Mayor Susan Roberts, Enterprise
Treasurer, League of Oregon Cities

As representatives of Oregon's cities, we urge you to vote
YES on 76.

The membership of the League of Oregon Cities includes 238 of Oregon's 240 incorporated cities, representing more than 2 million Oregonians. We know quite a bit about the wear and tear on local roads and bridges. Measure 76 guarantees that all motorists, cars and trucks alike, pay their fair share for the damage their driving causes.

It just makes good sense that the cars and trucks that drive on Oregon's roads pay a fair and proportional share of the costs to repair, maintain and improve the roads. That's what Measure 76 does.

The measure would require a review of road costs every two years and would determine how those costs should be shared. Right now, there is no requirement ­ either in law or in the constitution ­ that a cost responsibility study be completed.

Oregon needs Measure 76 to guarantee road funding fairness. Vote yes on 76!

(This information furnished by Joanne Verger, Charlie Hales and Susan Roberts, League of Oregon Cities.)

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ARGUMENT IN FAVOR

VOTE YES ON 76

GUARANTEE THAT ALL MOTORISTS
PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE

Submitted By Henry Hewitt

Chairman

Oregon Transportation Commission

I urge you to vote YES on Measure 76, the cost responsibility measure.

Measure 76 puts a requirement in the state constitution that revenues for roads are collected in a manner that ensures cars and heavy vehicles, including commercial trucks, pay a fair and proportionate share of the costs incurred for the highway system.

Measure 76 promotes fair funding for better roads.

Oregon has a long history of requiring the people who use our roads to pay for road repairs and improvements. User fees are a fair method of funding transportation needs. Those who benefit from the services pay for them.

Measure 76 requires that Oregon examine road costs every two years and, based on that examination, allocate costs fairly and proportionately between trucks and cars. Right now, there is no requirement that transportation costs be shared fairly between different classes of vehicles.

That's why we need to pass Measure 76.

Measure 76 guarantees that trucks and cars will pay a
proportionate share for the damage their driving causes to our roads.

We need a constitutional requirement that all motorists, cars and trucks alike, pay their fair share for the damage they do to Oregon's roads and bridges.

Mark your ballot YES on 76 and mail it back today.

(This information furnished by Henry H. Hewitt, Oregon Transportation Commission.)

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ARGUMENT IN FAVOR

OREGON NEEDS A FAIR FUNDING SYSTEM
FOR TRANSPORTATION

Submitted by Craig Honeyman, Executive Director
Associated General Contractors

Vote YES on Measure 76. It will ensure all vehicles, cars and trucks alike, continue to pay their fair share as Oregon's roads and bridges are maintained and improved.

Associated General Contractors is a trade association representing the commercial construction industry in Oregon. We represent approximately 1,200 members throughout the state. We're concerned that right now, there is no constitutional requirement that the costs of Oregon's road repairs and improvements are shared fairly and proportionately between cars and trucks.

Measure 76 fixes that by guaranteeing that all motorists ­ both cars and trucks ­ will pay their fair share of construction and maintenance of Oregon's highway system.

Measure 76 would set up a mechanism to examine how Oregon's transportation costs should be shared and to allocate the costs for road repairs and improvements. It's the best way to ensure that nobody ­ especially heavy, out-of-state trucks ­ is getting a break.

In recent years, inflating costs have pinched road construction crews, while population growth and a thriving economy burden roads with more traffic. Needed road repairs have been shuffled aside and safety has been compromised. The result has been a rapidly deteriorating transportation system in Oregon that often puts motorists in danger.

Oregon needs good local streets and state highways for all of us to use. Vote YES on 76 to ensure that all drivers ­ large and small ­ continue to pay their share.

(This information furnished by Craig Honeyman, Executive Director, Associated General Contractors, Oregon-Columbia Chapter.)

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ARGUMENT IN FAVOR

OREGON FARMERS SUPPORT MEASURE 76

Submitted by John Rossner

President

OREGON FARM BUREAU FEDERATION

Farmers in Oregon rely on common sense. And it only makes sense that all motorists pay their fair share for the costs of our roads.

That's why we support Measure 76.

Oregon farmers depend on good roads throughout the state to get our goods from farms to processors, and from processors to ports. It is especially important for us to have adequate and dependable roads at the county level throughout rural Oregon.

Currently there is no constitutional requirement that trucks ­ especially heavy out-of-state trucks ­ pay their fair share of the damage they do to Oregon's roads and highways. In fact, in the 62 years since 1937, the state has conducted a cost responsibility study only 10 more times. Measure 76 would require a study of how transportation costs should be shared every two years.

Measure 76 guarantees that all drivers pay their fair share for the state's transportation system. It is important to guarantee the funds to pay for road repairs and improvements are allocated fairly and proportionately to the cars and trucks that cause the wear and tear to our transportation system.

It's common sense.

Vote YES on 76 to guarantee Oregon's transportation
funding is fair.

(This information furnished by John Rossner, Oregon Farm Bureau Federation.)

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ARGUMENT IN FAVOR

STATEMENT SUBMITTED BY FRED MILLER
FORMER DIRECTOR
OREGON DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

As a former director of the Oregon Department of Transportation, I urge you to vote YES on 76. It will require that all drivers, including heavy out-of-state trucks, continue to pay their fair share for the damage their driving causes to Oregon's roads.

OREGON ROADS NEED ATTENTION NOW

For years, the condition of Oregon's roads has been deteriorating due to inadequate funding. Traffic congestion is worsening in our urban areas. Across the state, road conditions are a factor in many traffic fatalities. This is a serious problem that touches the lives of every Oregonian.

Thankfully, the Oregon legislature had the vision this year to fix the problem. They adopted a transportation plan that provides needed revenues to improve and repair local and state roads, highways and bridges. The funding comes from those whose driving stresses the system -- trucks and cars alike.

THE RESULT WILL BE SAFER ROADS
AND REDUCED CONGESTION

Measure 76 will guarantee cars and trucks fairly and proportionately share the cost of funding the transportation plan. Trucks currently pay 36 percent of highway costs and cars pay 64 percent. Under Measure 76, the Oregon legislature will be required to adjust these percentages -- as necessary -- every two years to ensure both cars and trucks pay their fair share.

Without the measure, heavy out-of-state trucks could pay less than their fair share of the cost of damage they do to Oregon's highways.

Measure 76 is fair for Oregon's motorists and it's good for Oregon's local and state roads and highways.

Vote YES on 76.

(This information furnished by Fred Miller, Portland General Electric.)

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ARGUMENT IN FAVOR

THE 19,000 BUSINESS MEMBERS OF
ASSOCIATED OREGON INDUSTRIES
SUPPORT MEASURE 76

By Richard Butrick
President
Associated Oregon Industries

Oregon's business community urges you to vote YES on Measure 76, the cost responsibility measure. It guarantees that all motorists, including trucks, pay their fair share for Oregon's transportation system.

For many years, Oregon has been dedicated philosophically to a user-based approach to road finance. To have users fund road repairs and improvements, Oregon introduced the nation's first fuel tax on gas in 1919. The state completed its first study of how road costs should be allocated in 1937.

However, in the 62 years since that first cost responsibility study, only 10 more studies have been completed. The practice of determining how road costs should be shared often has been overlooked.

Measure 76 is needed to guarantee that studying cost responsibility isn't overlooked again.

Cost responsibility determines the fair share that each class of road users should pay for road maintenance, operation and improvement. It also recommends adjustments, when necessary, to existing revenue sources to match payments and responsibilities for each class of vehicle.

Measure 76, the cost responsibility measure, requires lawmakers to examine road costs every two years. The measure would guarantee that costs are fairly and proportionately allocated between cars and trucks. Today, there is no requirement that transportation costs be shared fairly. Measure 76 is needed to fix that.

Please mark your ballot YES on 76 and mail it in today.

Your vote will help guarantee that all drivers pay their fair share and it will require lawmakers to make sure this important task is not ignored.

(This information furnished by Richard M. Butrick, President, Associated Oregon Industries.)

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ARGUMENT IN FAVOR

PAYING OUR FAIR SHARE MAKES SENSE

Submitted by

Larry B. Draper, President, Silver Eagle Company

&

Ken Celorie, Celorie Bros. Dump Trucking, Inc.

As owners and operators of small trucking companies here in Oregon, we support amending the constitution to ensure all drivers pay their fair share for road improvements. That's why we support Measure 76.

Measure 76 establishes a means to ensure that the motorists whose driving strains our roads and bridges continue to pay for the damage they cause. The measure is particularly important for making sure large-out-of-state trucks don't get a break as Oregon implements a new way of taxing trucks.

Our companies are small, but together we still provide hundreds of jobs to hard-working men and women. Oregon's economy relies on moving people and goods over our local and state roads and bridges. The jobs of six out of every ten Oregon workers are tied directly to transportation. The state's wholesale and distribution industries provide high-wage jobs.

Passing Measure 76 establishes a fair way of sharing the costs of Oregon's transportation system. It sets us on a course to improve and maintain Oregon's transportation system in order to improve safety, reduce congestion and protect the economy.

Measure 76 guarantees that the costs of road improvements and repairs continue to be shared fairly by all drivers, including heavy, out-of-state trucks.

Vote YES on Measure 76.

(This information furnished by Larry B. Draper, President, Silver Eagle Company and Ken Celorie, Celorie Bros. Dump Trucking Inc.)

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ARGUMENT IN FAVOR

OREGON'S COUNTY OFFICIALS URGE YOU TO
VOTE YES ON 76

Submitted by County Judge Mike McArthur
President
Association of Oregon Counties

It's up to you to ensure that all vehicles,
cars and trucks alike,
pay their share
of the costs of damage they do
to our roads and highways!

It's really very simple: Measure 76 would guarantee that everyone who drives on Oregon roads pays their fair share for maintenance, repair and preservation.

It's about fairness.

For 50 years, Oregon has followed a "user pays" rule in collecting state taxes to pay for road maintenance, repairs, and preservation. It's always been the best way for those who use our roads the most to share equitably in the costs of keeping those roads safe.

For example, under Oregon's system, the heavier a truck is -- and therefore, the more wear-and-tear it causes our roads -- the more it pays for repairs. Our system of cost-responsibility has worked for decades.

For years, Oregon's county officials have done their best to maintain deteriorating roads and bridges. They've dealt with deteriorating roads and safety hazards that put the lives of motorists in danger, and they've been frustrated by the lack of necessary resources.

Now Oregon needs a Constitutional guarantee that our fair and balanced system will continue. County officials need your help to MAINTAIN OUR ROADS AND BRIDGES, to IMPROVE ROAD SAFETY and to REDUCE CONGESTION.

That's why Measure 76 is so important. It guarantees that the costs of financing our road repairs and improvements are shared equitably by the drivers and vehicles that use the roads.

PLEASE VOTE YES ON 76.

(This information furnished by County Judge Mike McArthur, President, Association of Oregon Counties.)

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ARGUMENT IN FAVOR

For many years, Oregon has required those who use our roads to pay for road repairs, maintenance and improvements. User fees are a fair method of funding transportation services. Those who benefit from the roads and bridges pay for them. The more they use the services, the more they pay.

But Oregon hasn't stopped there. Long ago, the state made a commitment to determine the share that each class of road users should pay and to ensure cars and trucks pay a fair and proportional share.

Oregon's first cost responsibility study was completed in 1937, through which the state examined road costs and determined how those costs would be shared between cars and trucks. The purpose was to ensure that all motorists paid their fair and proportionate share for the benefits they derived by using the roads.

Over the years, similar studies have been completed, but they have never been statutorily or constitutionally required.

This year, Oregon legislators responded to concerns that changes in the method of taxing trucks could create a funding imbalance between cars and trucks. The concern was that trucks may no longer pay their fair share for the damage they do to Oregon's roads.

Legislators referred Measure 76 to the ballot to address those concerns. The measure would amend the Oregon constitution to do the following:

Measure 76 will ensure that cost responsibility in transportation funding remains a central focus in Oregon.

(This information furnished by State Senator Lee Beyer.)

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