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Portland Tribune: City circles the block on street fee plan

June 10, 2014 | View CommentsMayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick have rejected a simple street maintenance fee in favor of a yet-to-be-finalized funding source that appears to be growing more complicated every day.

Hales says he has spent years talking about the need for a new transportation fund source, including a proposal developed by Novick for a transportation user fee. But it was recently delayed for a wider discussion of ideas, including a gas tax, a motor vehicle registration fees, a sales tax, a tax on business profits or a combination of all of them. The council is scheduled to decide all of that a week after the election.

The simple fee is the one adopted by the Tigard City Council in 2003. Called the street maintenance fee, it charges each household $5.83 a month. Businesses are charged $1.31 for each of their parking spaces, up to a maximum of 250 spaces. Businesses without parking lots are charged for five spaces a month. Religious institutions are charged half the business fee, up to a maximum of 125 spaces. READ FULL ARTICLE