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Oregonlive: Steve Novick tries to square a vicious circle

June 19, 2014 | When it comes to deciding how to pay for public services, we don't like to be rushed, we don't do well with multiple choices, and we don't like to have to think hard about something new. But we insist on being consulted and weighing all the options, which is why most proposals for new taxes never get beyond Square One or Square Two.

In the face of these challenges, City Commissioner Steve Novick tried to make it easier for Portlanders by documenting a problem, offering a quick solution and skipping the hard part that involves a vote of the electorate. In a state that has rejected ballot measures that would have required a popular vote on any tax or fee increase, Novick's approach was not unreasonable. But few of his constituents appreciated the effort. READ FULL ARTICLE