Oregon Aviation Industries
House Bill HB 2075 Background
The State of Oregon economic analyst assigned to this bill projects that funds will be available as follows:
2015 - 2017 $5.25 million
2017 - 2019 $7.61 million
2019 - 2021 $7.61 million
ORAVI views HB 2075 as the best way to ensure that Oregon's aviation
infrastructure stays maintained and useful. We lobbied and made testimony at
hearings along with many other aviation supporters including OPA,
EAA, AOPA, Oregon State Chamber of Commerce, airports, pilots and
We had requested 4 cents per gallon for both avgas and jet aviation
fuels. Due to strong opposition from Alaska Airlines, the Port
of Portland and the Eugene airport, a compromise was reached at 2 cents per gallon. During the hearings and work sessions
several legislators went on record that they desired 4 cents per
gallon and made strong supportive statements. There was excellent bipartisan support.
In summary the bill states that
the funds will be allocated as follows:
|● Oregon Department of Aviation
The remaining 95% ($19 million) as follows:
||● Federal Aviation
Administration (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP
grant match assistance
● Emergency preparedness per Oregon Resilience Plan
● Fuel, sewer, water and weather equipment
● Economic Development, hangars, facilities, marketing
||● Rural commercial air service
||● State owned airports (28 total)
See details of the Enrolled Final Bill at
You can view information and videos of the committee and chamber sessions, read submitted testimony and
see the list of committee members at the following links:
Documents submitted in favor and opposed
Major milestones and videos
House Revenue Committee
House Interim Committee On Transportation and Economic Development
Joint Ways and Means Subcommittee
Joint Ways and Means full committee
HB 2075 House vote on Monday June 29th was 53 in favor and 5 opposed.
The 5 opposed were:
Rep. Knute Buehler, (R) Bend
Rep. Paul Evans, (D) Monmouth
Rep. Mitch Greenlick, (D) Portland
Rep. Susan McLain, (D) Hillsboro
Rep. Clara Piluso, (D) Gresham
HB 2075 Senate vote Wednesday July 1st was 26 in
favor and 3 opposed.
The 3 opposed were:
Sen. Tim Knopp, (R) Bend
Sen. Kim Thatcher, (R) Keizer
Sen. Chuck Thompson, (R) Hood River
Chronological history of HB 2075 on the Oregon Legislative
Most of the opposition came from Alaska Airlines, the Port of
Portland and the Eugene airport, stating that some of the fuel tax they pay would provide funding
that goes to rural airports. They were also concerned that it may
make them less competitive. However, jet fuel tax in Oregon
has been one cent per gallon which is much lower than any state in
the region. And it has been one cent per gallon for the last fifty years.
Per HB 2075 avgas tax will increase from 9 cents/gal to 11cents/gal
and jet fuel from 1 cent/gal to 3 cents/gal.
Tax Fairness Oregon analysis (Oregon compared to other
With the constantly fluctuating cost of fuel, and especially in
light of the recent major fuel price decreases, the
additional 2 cents per gallon tax is not a major concern.
It would increase the average commercial airline ticket by only 44 cents
if the cost is passed along to the customer. The bill sunsets
1/1/2022 and it may be possible to extend it at that time if good
results are shown.
Thanks to all who participated in supporting this
important aviation bill.
For further information, contact:
Jake Jacobs, ORAVI Executive Director.
Aron Faegre, ORAVI Board Chair
Joe Smith, ORAVI Board Member
Oregon Aviation Industries
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