May 22, 2014 | Portland Tribune-- Mayor Charlie Hales will ask the City Council to approve a new utility fee to pay for road maintenance and safety improvements next Thursday.
The council could vote on the fee — which would be assessed against residents, businesses, governments and nonprofit organizations — as soon as June 4.
It is not clear whether a majority of the council will support it, however.
Both Hales and Transportation Commissioner Steve Novick support the Transportation User Fee, which has also been called a Street Fee or Road Fee. Hales and Novick have developed it together and presented their proposal to residents, business owners and other governments within the city limits at numerous forums.
When asked who else on the council supports the fee at a Thursday morning press conference on it, Hales said he expects Commissioner Amanda Fritz will vote for it.
But when contacted by the Portland Tribune a short time later, Fritz said she has not yet made up her mind.
"I agree the city has transportation needs and I'm hopeful we can come up with a package that meets them, but I am not going to make a decision before the public hearing," Fritz said.
Commissioners Nick Fish and Dan Saltzman both said they believe the proposed fee should be referred to voters during their re-election campaign earlier this year.
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