Boaters and charter vessels that fuel up at the Depoe Bay fuel docks, that use a credit card, will be paying 15-cents more a gallon for gas and diesel starting today. The City Council had been talking for quite a while about the fact that it costs the city a fee every time somebody swipes their credit card – triggering an annual revenue loss to the city in the neighborhood of $10,000 to $12,000 a year – which means Depoe Bay taxpayers are subsidizing everybody who buys fuel.
So, the council Monday night enacted a temporary, six month run of raising gas and diesel prices at the harbor pumps of 15-cents a gallon. The added revenue will raise just enough money to return the city to a “break-even” point on fuel sales. The council has a policy of NOT making money on fuel sales, but also not losing money either. The council decided to review the situation in six months to see if the action produces the desired non-profit price point.
The council also approved spending $6,300 on new stone monument signs for three Scenic View Areas as well as a sign at the turn off to the harbor at Bayview and Coast Guard Drive.