April 18, 2014 | Willamette Week-- Portland businesses could pay bills ranging from $6 a month to $1,636 a month if the city creates a new "street maintenance fee" to fund the Portland Bureau of Transportation.
City Commissioner Steve Novick and PBOT director Leah Treat debuted the commercial side of the fee plan to a meeting of business owners on Wednesday morning.
The business fees would be matched with an $8-a-month or $12-a-month fee on households. The city could raise as much as $52 million a year by creating the fee.
BikePortland.com first reported today that the city began releasing some examples of the business side of the fee at a transportation town hall last night.
WW has now obtained PBOT's working draft of proposed fees on businesses.
It's a detailed rate schedule that calculates what 39 businesses would pay, based on their square footage and how many times people travel to visit them.
A nursing home would pay up to $77 a month.
A children's day-care center? Up to $194 a month.
A large brewpub? Up to $604 a month.
The highest charge listed is for a "large office building" which could READ FULL ARTICLE