Today is the last day before Pendleton's 4-cent-a-gallon fuel tax goes into effect.

Pendleton voters in May passed the local tax to raise money to pay for the new Airport Road that runs from Exit 202 off Interstate 84 to the city's industrial park at the Eastern Oregon Regional Airport.

The city borrowed $3.6 million to pay for the road now under construction. City officials have estimated the tax will pay about $502,000 a year for nine years to pay off the principal and almost another $918,000 in interest.

Come Wednesday, anyone buying fuel in Pendleton will help pay off that debt.

Wednesday's edition of the East Oregonian will explore what locals are saying about the tax and what it means to buyers and sellers.

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