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View More Churches Worried by Portland Street Fee Plan

May 28, 2014 | Willamette Week-- Add another voice to the growing choir of doubt over the proposed Portland street fee: churches.

As first reported in today's Murmurs, the leaders of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon are alarmed that the proposal by Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick would levy a fee on churches and nonprofits.

David Leslie, executive director of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, says he's worried the fee could first seek money from poor citizens, then from the religious nonprofits that help them.

"It will adversely impact people living in poverty, and the organizations that do a lot of the heavy lifting on serving people in need," Leslie tells WW. "You may end up paying three times."

One example: Crossroads Church of Christ on Northeast 102nd Avenue could pay $4,444 a year, according to the rate calculator created by the Portland READ FULL ARTICLE