May 26, 2014 | Portland Tribune-- The City Council agenda is jam packed with major issues this week.
The most controversial is a Thursday hearing on a new Transportation Utility Fee proposed by Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick. It would impose various monthly fees for maintenance, safety, bicycle, mass transit, and other transportation-related projects on all residents, businesses, governmental agencies and non-profit organization in the city.
The proposal, as written, is facing opposition from within the business community.
Hales and Novick want the council to approve the fee structure without submitting it to Portland voters for approval. However, Hales and Novick also want the council place a measure restricting the proceeds from the fee to transportation-related projects on the November 2014 General Election ballot.
The residential fee would be $11.56 a month with discounts for low-income households. The other fees would be based on how many vehicle trips the businesses, government agencies and non-profit organization are estimated to generate.
The fee is estimated to raise between $40 million and $50 million a year.
The Northwest Grocers Association opposes the current fee proposal because it does not believe the trip-generation estimates READ FULL ARTICLE