The Chamber of Medford/Jackson County board said Wednesday it opposes Central Point's proposal to impose a 3-cent gas tax to fund street repairs and improvements.

The Chamber of Medford/Jackson County board said Wednesday it opposes Central Point's proposal to impose a 3-cent gas tax to fund street repairs and improvements.

The local business group said it hoped its pre-emptive move would lead to a unified gas tax policy in the region.

"The Chamber has supported modest increases in Oregon's gas tax every legislative session for the last two decades because of the importance of transportation to commerce," Chamber President and Chief Executive Officer Brad Hicks said in a statement.

The Central Point City Council is considering the matter tonight. If the gas tax is approved, a current $60 annual street utility fee would be reduced by the amount collected in fuel taxes.

"Though we work very closely with municipalities throughout our growing region on the issue of transportation infrastructure and sympathize with them during these tough times, we want to make sure a needed increase is broad-based and is as equitable as possible," Hicks said.

He said the regional chamber is lobbying the Legislature to pass a comprehensive gas tax policy and opposes piecemeal collection. The chamber board said city-based gas taxes put businesses at a competitive disadvantage with neighboring towns and cities.