June 26, 2014 | opb.org-- Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick responded to critics of a proposed street fee at a town hall hearing Wednesday night.
The plan would to raise money to fix Portland’s deteriorating streets by charging households and businesses a monthly fee.
The proposed fee would cost $12 a month for most single family households, and between $5 and 8 a month for low-income families.
Three people spoke in favor of the street fee at the hearing, which was held in North Portland. More than 30 spoke against it.
Many of those opposed say they are retirees or living on fixed incomes and simply can’t afford to pay, like Shirley Nanette Clay.
Clay said, “My property taxes are going up. We can’t afford all of these taxes. They’re ridiculous. We need some better solutions to the problem.” READ FULL ARTICLE