September 11, 2014 | The Portland Mercury-- The controversial "street fee" proposal certainly has, uh, blossomed since being unveiled four months ago.
The latest proposals for finding millions in new yearly revenue to patch Portlands roads are almost totally unrecognizable from that toddling regressive flat fee for residents, combined with a sliding fee for businesses (based partly on the number of car trips they attract)—etched and whittled by new poll numbers and a lot of loud outrage.
Portland Bureau of Transportation staffers and Revenue Bureau types just spent the morning laying out the most-recent mechanisms they've got in mind, in a meeting of three work groups trying to find recommendations. The proposals are presumably similar to whatever's going to come up before city council in November, and so will probably affect your purse and/or wallet. Here's what we're looking at:
• For starters, PBOT has pretty drastically reduced its ambitions—at least according to the numbers floated today. Transportation Commissioner Steve Novick and Mayor Charlie Hales have consistently said PBOT needs about READ FULL ARTICLE