June 24, 2014 | katu.com-- PORTLAND, Ore. -- While city leaders in Portland are pushing for street fees, KATU’s On Your Side Investigators found out a key street service, street sweeping, is being cut back starting July 1.
Portland’s Bureau of Transportation is cutting residential street sweeping from two to three times a year down to once or twice annually. Street sweeping on main streets, or thoroughfares, will continue at its normal rate of four to six times a year.
The transportation bureau says it pays most of the costs for street sweeping out of its own budget, but it also relies on a contribution from the Bureau of Environmental Services. That agency is cutting its contribution in half from about $350,000 last year to about $180,000 this coming fiscal year, which begins next Tuesday. READ FULL ARTICLE