July 10, 2014 | Oregonlive.com-- A rallying cry of sorts emerged at two recent town halls in Portland to discuss a controversial monthly street fee on residents and business: Spend the money between the curbs.
As Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick campaign for more cash to spend on road safety and maintenance projects with an eye on a November City Council vote, the "between the curbs" theme could continue to gain steam.
Portland Bureau of Transportation officials have said for weeks that they lack the resources to maintain streets. In a budget briefing with a small group of reporters on Wednesday, PBOT opened its books and made its case.
The city is hoping a new funding stream could bring in up to $50 million annually, starting in July 2015.
Here are some facts and terms to keep in mind as Hales and Novick continue to push for more money for city streets. READ FULL ARTICLE