May 29,2014 | Oregonlive.com-- Commissioner Steve Novick said he spent a lot of time last weekend reading emails from Portland's small business owners.
The emails, apparently, resonated with Novick.
Late on Wednesday, news trickled out of City Hall that Novick and Mayor Charlie Hales would divide their street fee proposal into two, waiting to move forward on a proposal for businesses while forging ahead with the residential portion.
Gradually, business owners found the transportation bureau's street fee calculator, and discovered they could owe thousands a year if a street fee moves forward. The calculations take into account estimated trips generated to a given business based on what type of business it is and the overall square footage. It's a complex system based on the Institute of Transportation Engineers modeling data. READ FULL ARTICLE