December 4, 2013 | Willamette Week-- When Mayor Charlie Hales took office last winter, he said Portland City Hall wouldn't pursue new taxes for streets and sidewalks until "after we show we mean it with black tar."
The city has patched 76 miles of streets this year, closing in on the mayor's goal of 100 miles. And Hales apparently thinks the time is right to start the money search.
As first reported by WW in this week's Murmurs, Hales and City Commissioner Steve Novick have begun shopping ideas for new taxes and fees to fund the cash-strapped Portland Bureau of Transportation.
People who have seen the proposals say they include a city gas tax and a street-maintenance fee—ideas last floated in 2012 by then-Mayor Sam Adams.
Hales and Novick have talked to the Portland Business Alliance about READ FULL ARTICLE