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Albany gas tax: Two vote no

Written February 21st, 2018 by Hasso Hering

In the May 15 primary, Albany voters will be asked to approve a city gas tax of 5 cents per gallon. But two councilmen say the idea of a local tax on motor fuel is either wrong or premature.


Ready for an Albany gas tax?

Written February 14th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

The city council is working on a plan for a 5-cent/gallon local gas tax that would have motorists pay an estimated million-plus dollars a year more at Albany stations than they otherwise would. The money would go for street repairs, and voters are to get their say in May.

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Albany may vote on 5-cent gas tax

Written May 8th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

Albany seems to be headed for an election on a local fuel tax of 5 cents a gallon this November, judging by the city council’s discussion Monday. The tax might raise about $1.25 million a year for street repairs.


Council seems open to local gas tax

Written March 21st, 2017 by Hasso Hering

The Albany City Council seems open to the idea of putting a local gas tax before the voters this fall. That’s the impression I got after catching the tail end of a council work session on Monday.


Albany gas tax: Not this year

Written July 28th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

A local gas tax for Albany? You won’t have to worry about this for a while. The city council is making no move to put it on the ballot in the Nov. 8 general election. And whether it will try in 2017 is anybody’s guess.


Local gas tax comes up again

Written May 25th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

It’s early yet, and no one knows how far this idea is going to go, but there’s been talk of Albany voters being asked what they think of a local gas tax to pay for repairing city streets. The subject came up most recently at the city council meeting Wednesday night.


How about a local gas tax?

Written April 13th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

The pavement on many of Albany’s older residential streets has been in pretty poor shape for years and isn’t getting any better. Mayor Sharon Konopa thinks that a local gas tax would enable the city to make progress on that front.


 
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