By Boyd C. Allena

Pilot Staff Writer

Tamie Kaufman retained her Position 5 seat on the Gold Beach City Council while voters chose Anthony Pagano in a close race over incumbent Becky Campbell for Position 3 by a vote of 373 to 342. Kaufman had beaten Amy Gaddis-Parker, 411 to 333, as of press time.

Kaufman said she was happy to have won. “We have a lot of work we have laid the foundation for that we can finish next year,” she said. “We can update the Urban Renewal plan, increase housing and make strides in both the residential and commercial areas.”

In Position 1, Summer Matteson defeated Deborah Lewis and Bernice Torrez by a vote of 402 to 111 and 179, respectively.

“I want to to thank Bernice Torrez for her willingness to run and represent the citizens of Gold Beach,” Matteson said. “And I would like to thank those voters who felt my abilities worthy of a commitment to a seat on the Gold Beach City Council.”

She said she was humbled and honored by the opportunity to “further grow our great community.”

Pagano was not available for comment.

Campbell congratulated Pagano on his win and said she would be willing to serve if later appointed to the council, but added, “I don’t know if that will happen.”

A city council seat is open and will be filled by an appointment by Mayor Karl Popoff.

Gold Beach fuel tax

Voters in the city rejected Measure 8-94, on a vote of 552 to 328. The measure would have imposed a tax on vehicle fuel dealers to raise revenue for street repairs.

The tax would have been imposed a rate of one percent per gallon throughout the year and an additional three cents per gallon from May 1 through Oct. 31.

The revenue generated would have been used to construct, improve, repair and maintain streets and transportation infrastructure.

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