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Commissioner Steve Novick

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Phone: 503-823-4682

fax: 503-823-4019

1221 SW 4th Ave. Suite 210, Portland, OR 97204

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Wweek: Fee For All The wrong turns that Steve Novick took to raise more money for Portland’s roads.

June 4, 2014 | 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