June 1,2014 | portlandtribune.com--The City Council is scheduled to vote on three measures related to the controversial street fee on Wednesday.
One measure would impose the fee — officially called the Transportation User Fee — on households. Another would require the council to approve a similar fee for businesses, governments and nonprofit organizations by Nov. 13. The third would place a measure on the Nov. 4 General Election ballot requiring that the funds raised through the fee be spent on transportation-related project.
The fee proposal was developed by Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick, who is in charge of the Portland Bureau of Transportation. The council held the first public hearing on it last Thursday. At that time, Commissioner Amanda Fritz indicating she was willing to join with Hales and Novick to pass it. Commissioners Nick Fish and Dan Saltzman said it should be referred to the ballot for voter approval.
Most of the people who testified at the hearing testified against the fee. They included residents and small business owners who said they could not afford it. Some business organization said they could support the fee, however, if they thought it was fair and the money would be wisely spent. READ FULL ARTICLE