Gas Tax Shelved For Now

Gas Tax Shelved For Now

The proposed 2-cents-a-gallon tax was on the agenda for Monday night's City Council meeting, but its sponsor, Councilor Isaac Benton, pulled it off the agenda.

A proposed gas tax in Albuquerque has been shelved by its sponsor, at least for now.

The proposed 2-cents-a-gallon tax was on the agenda for Monday night’s City Council meeting, but its sponsor, Councilor Isaac Benton, pulled it off the agenda.

The action means that the proposal won’t be on the Oct. 3 ballot because Monday was the deadline for it to appear on the ballot.

Benton said he wants the proposed ordinance, which would go to city votes, to be on the council’s Sept. 18 agenda.

Benton said he pulled the measure, which would raise $4.8 million a year, because of concern about whether there was enough room on the ballot for it.

The ballot is already crowded with mayoral candidates, five council races and a seven-page proposed mandatory sick leave ordinance.

A state court judge has ruled that the entire Healthy Workforce Ordinance, and not a summary, must appear on the ballot. Supporters of the ordinance have argued that including the entire proposed ordinance on the ballot would require a font that is so small that it would be difficult to read.

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Dennis Domrzalski is managing editor of ABQ Free Press. Reach him at dennis@freeabq.com.

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