Last week, Portland Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick released a proposal to charge city residents and businesses a transportation user fee. The revenue would go towards repairing and repaving Portland’s neglected roads. Some business groups have been critical of the proposal —in particular, the way the city calculates how much businesses should pay. The council was prepared to vote on the fee at its June 4 meeting, but it appears that Hales and Novick may only proceed with the residential fee for the time being.
A public hearing will be held at Portland City Hall Thursday at 2 p.m. We’ll get the latest on the street fee beforehand.
How would the street fee affect you?
- Steve Novick: Portland City Commissioner
- Joe Gilliam: President of the Northwest Grocery Association