July 2, 2014 | Wweek.com-- Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick’s road forward is uphill.The freshman councilor has begun a goodwill tour to heal the rancor from his attempt this spring to cram a citywide “street fee” through the City Council without voters’ approval.
Last month, Novick and Mayor Charlie Hales hit the pause button on a plan to raise $50 million for road paving and sidewalk construction by charging households and businesses a monthly fee.
It’s an unprecedented moment for Novick, who enjoyed widespread popularity throughout the city before leading the charge for transportation funding. Now the policy wonk, known for voicing a dozen ideas before breakfast, needs just one that voters will support.
Hours after attending a press conference to show off the city’s repaving success this year, Novick stopped by WW’s offices to talk about why his plans went so wrong so quickly. Novick said throughout the debate he has remained unchanged. He also talked about why he is thinking about raising other taxes on all Portland businesses to pay for road upkeep, and why he may soon get sick of having to pay for the streetcar, and his secret plan to win over Portlanders. READ ENTIRE ARTICLE