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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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Oregonlive: Slowdown on street fee a wise call to seek public support: Editorial Agenda 2014

June 4, 2014 | decision this week by Portland Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick to postpone a council vote on a transportation maintenance fee is wise and buys five months of public engagement – essential in having citizens and businesses embrace any measure that could make it yet more expensive to live and work here.

The fee, first aimed at residences and later at businesses, came forward too fast, promised unintended consequences and was to have been complemented by a deficient "trust-us" city charter amendment ensuring the money would be spent right. By hitting the pause button, Hales and Novick signaled the city could work harder to win the public's buy-in and remove riddles from any proposed charter amendment – if it even finds one necessary. READ FULL ARTICLE