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May 15, 2014 | Local government agencies are discovering the City of Portland plans to charge them what could be hundreds of thousands of dollars a year under Mayor Charlie Hales' proposed "street fee" plan.

Hales and City Commissioner Steve Novick have for months been showing citizens the structure of the fee, which would charge households up to $12 a month and businesses much more.

They've been less vocal about who else would be taxed under the proposal: other local governments.

Sources say some agencies have been blindsided by this news. A Portland Public Schools official tells WW the school district has been told it would be charged between $300,000 and $400,000 a year.

The proposal is unusual because government agencies often can't levy taxes against each other. But the Portland Bureau of Transportation confirms that it plans to charge the fee to governments.

"Yes, the street fee proposal would apply to all road users," says Portland Bureau of Transportation spokeswoman Diane Dulken, "and that includes other governments, school districts and universities."

Portland transportation officials this week began meeting with those governments—some of which had no idea they'd be paying a new fee.

Among the public agencies now being told: Oregon Health & Sciences University, Portland State University and the Port of Portland.

Novick and PBOT director Leah Treat met this morning with officials READ FULL ARTICLE