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Katu: Business owners sound off at town hall on proposed street fee

June 24, 2014 | katu.com-- PORTLAND, Ore. – Dozens of business owners angry over the proposed street fee packed a ballroom at the Oregon Convention Center Tuesday.

There was a lot of finger pointing, mostly at city leaders, and emotions were high for a few of the speakers who took the microphone at a town hall meeting to discuss the proposed street fee.

City leaders are looking for solutions to help raise $53 million needed for road repairs and maintenance. Most of the money for those projects comes from the federal gas tax, but Mayor Charlie Hales said it's no longer enough.

“The federal gas tax has been frozen since 1993,” Hales told reporters outside the meeting. “Think about how long ago 1993 was. That’s how long we’ve been charging the same amount for paying for our streets.”

Ideas were posted on boards in the ballroom and others voiced theirs.

“Let’s also go as a city to the Legislature and get studded tires taxed. They really wreck our roads,” said Martha Peck Andrews, a building owner and landlord, to applause from the crowd. READ FULL ARTICLE