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View More As Portland polls on street fee, city officials confident they can land business support

April 2, 2014 | The Portland Bureau of Transportation is gauging political support for a new $8 to $12 monthly fee that would be assessed to homeowners and renters to help repair the city’s crumbling street system.

Those fees could raise up to $35 million a year. And they’d likely be only one part of a broad street-fee package that could charge local businesses, potentially raising some $70 million a year for transportation improvements.

Portland’s auditor determined in 2013 that the transportation bureau would need to spend $75 million a year for 10 years to bring streets up to city standards.

Now, the transportation bureau is spending about $28,000 on a poll to determine if residents are willing to pay $8 or $12 a month for transportation projects – and under what circumstances.

Website Bike Portland first reported the city’s poll.

Dylan Rivera, a spokesman for the transportation bureau, said results are expected as soon as next week and will be shared publicly.

Contacted Tuesday, Rivera originally said in an email that the transportation bureau was “not sure” how much an $8 or $12 monthly fee would raise for the city.

On Wednesday, Rivera provided specifics.

“Depending on a wide variety of factors, including what level and type of discounts we might provide, the $8 fee could raise anywhere from $17 to $25 million and the $12 fee could raise anywhere from $25 to $35 million,” Rivera said in an email.

The poll also highlighted other options being considered, such as READ FULL ARTICLE