April 18,2014 | Oregonlive.com--Portland transportation officials are starting to shop around preliminary figures for what an $8 or $12 per month street fee may mean for business owners.
On Wednesday, a group of about 50 business owners in downtown Portland received the first briefing with actual numbers on a printed document.
Portland Bureau of Transportation officials presented Venture Portland, a local business group, with an early look at what a potential street fee could look like. The city's analysis is based on data generated during the last attempt to pass a street fee, in 2007.
<a href="http://s3.documentcloud.org/documents/1119688/biz-sample-chart-2.pdf">Biz Sample Chart (PDF)</a> <br /> <a href="http://s3.documentcloud.org/documents/1119688/biz-sample-chart-2.txt">Biz Sample Chart (Text)</a>According to the draft document, roughly two-thirds of Portland businesses would likely be in line to pay anywhere from $37 per month to $57 per month, depending on the square footage and monthly trips generated by their business and whether it's an $8 or $12 fee.
For example, if the city approved a $12 month street fee, a church could pay $40 per month, while a sit-down restaurant could see charges of $201 per month. A large brewpub that generated 10,000-25,000 trips per month could pay $604 per month under the $12 fee. READ FULL ARTICLE