June 4, 2014 | wweek.com--City Commissioner Steve Novick has led the parade for new road funding into a blind alley.He’s the architect of a plan to raise at least $40 million a year for transportation projects by creating a street fee that would charge households $144 a year, and could hit businesses for even more.
His plan unleashed a flood of opposition and vitriol—hundreds of comments to the City Council by everyone from business owners to social-service providers, running better than 20-to-1 against. The backlash has been so great that Novick and Mayor Charlie Hales have postponed a June 4 council vote on the fee until November, pledging to rethink the plan.
It’s unfamiliar territory for Novick, who has enjoyed citywide popularity as a social liberal with a clever solution to any policy puzzle.
Novick and Hales insist the fee is the only way to solve a $1.3 billion backlog of road maintenance—a problem that has festered for decades. Previous attempts to create a street fee cratered in 2001 and 2008. READ FULL ARTICLE