January 23, 2014 | PortlandTribune.com-- City Commissioner Steve Novick, who oversees the Portland Bureau of Transportation, announced a plan Thursday to craft a new city funding source for street maintenance and related spending.
Novick echoed Mayor Charlie Hales’ earlier pledge to figure out a new revenue source in 2014 for the city’s chronically underfunded street and sidewalk construction and maintenance program.
“We want to get something done this year,” Novick said.
For starters, he named a 26-member advisory group to evaluate funding needs and revenue ideas. Members include himself, Mayor Hales, and leaders of business, labor, environmental, neighborhood and minority groups.
Backers also commissioned Davis, Hibbitts & Midghall, one of the city’s leading pollsters, to conduct a poll of city residents’ views on additional transportation funding. Results of that poll, which is now being conducted, will be released in the next 10 days, Novick said.
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