April 10, 2014 | Willamette Week-- A phone survey ordered by City Commissioner Steve Novick shows weak support for an $8-a-month or $12-a-month “street maintenance and safety” fee, with as many as 50 percent of voters opposed.
The survey found only 44 percent of voters supported a street fee of $12 a month per Portland household. But that number rose to 51 percent once pollsters explained what the fee would fund: road maintenance and pedestrian safety construction projects.
The numbers were only a little better for the $8-a-month option. It initially received support from 47 percent of voters, but support rose to 52 percent after the explanation.
A $12-a-month fee ($144 a year) on Portland’s roughly 250,000 households could bring in $36 million annually for street paving and building sidewalks, though PBOT officials say discounts mean it would only bring in $25 to $35 million.
Releasing the survey results at a City Hall press conference today, Novick tried to accentuate the positive.
“It’s clear that Portlanders are more likely to support a street fee when they learn more about what it could pay for,” Novick said in a statement.
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