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Portland Tribune: Hales delays street fee measure again

June 17, 2014 | Portlandtribune.com--Mayor Charlie Hales has again delayed the City Council vote on a proposed ballot measure related to the Transportation User Fee he and Commissioner Steve Novick are developing.

The council had been scheduled to vote Wednesday on a measure to amend the City Charter to restrict the use of funds raised by the fee to transportation purposes. It is aimed for the Nov. 4 General Election ballot. The council will not consider the actual fee proposal until Nov. 12.

“People don’t trust government. They fear we’ll misuse these funds. And I get that. But our charter is like our constitution. If we lock up the use of these funds in that document, which only Portlanders can change, they can have faith that we’ll use the money exactly as we said we would,” says Hales.

Some people had complained about the speed with which the proposed charter amendment is coming together. According to the Mayor's Office, Hales has slowed down the process to allow time for more public input.

At the same time, the Hales and Novick want to assure Portlanders that “slowing down” doesn’t mean “walking away” from the street fee proposal. READ FULL ARTICLE