May 22, 2014 | opb.org-- Portland Mayor Charlie Hales and Transportation Commissioner Steve Novick released a proposal Thursday to charge all city residents and businesses a transportation user fee. The money would go toward maintaining the pavement and improving street safety.
A city audit last year found that over a third of the streets maintained by the city are in poor condition, or worse. The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) estimates that it requires an investment of $75 million a year for 10 years to address its paving backlog. Novick and Hales say they aim to collect between $40 million and $50 million a year with the new fee. Mayor Hales says the Portland City Council will hold hearings on the fee next week and vote on the proposal June 4th. Here are five things to know about the proposal. READ FULL ARTICLE