Update 3.29 - This hearing and work session for this bill were cancelled!
Join us in opposing the HB 2674-Engine Emissions -1 Amendment, which includes an amendment proposing taxes on new tires, nonroad diesel equipment and off-road fuel.
The House Committee on Energy and Environment posted an amendment to HB 2674
. This amendment completely rewrites the bill, imposing a suite of new taxes on Oregonians to fund clean diesel engine retrofits and replacements.
Here is a summary:
-Imposes an excise tax on the sale of new tires.
---3% of the retail sales price.
-Privilege tax on the sale of nonroad diesel equipment.
---1.5% of the retail sales or lease price.
-Tax on the use of nonroad diesel equipment purchased out of state but used in Oregon.
---1.5% of the retail sales price.
---This is the liability of the purchaser who will use the equipment in Oregon.
-Tax on the rental of nonroad diesel equipment.
---3.5% of the cost.
-Privilege tax on heavy duty and light duty trucks.
-Fuel tax on dyed diesel.
All moneys will be deposited into the Clean Diesel Engine Fund which will be used to award grants and loans to owners and operators of diesel engines for amounts ranging from 25% - 100% to replace, retrofit, repower, or scrap qualified diesel engines. This includes a local government clean diesel engine tax moratorium that would become operative on January 1, 2023.
The Oregon Wheat Growers League strongly opposes this amendment. It is fundamentally unfair to saddle farm and ranch families with the cost of retrofitting Portland’s fleets or cleaning up Portland’s airshed – this will harm those of us in agriculture.