The Portland City Council will consider amendments to the proposed Portland Street Fund at 10 a.m. Dec. 3. Council is expected to vote on the amended proposal on Dec. 10.
Commissioner Steve Novick will offer an amendment that would have the fund expire or "sunset" after six years without Council action. Under the amendment, the residential income tax and non-residential fee would be charged for tax years 2015 through 2020. It would not be continued after tax year 2020 without action by the City Council or a vote of the public to extend it.
Another amendment will be offered to ensure that City funding for pavement maintenance in future years from non-Street Fund sources shall be no less than the amount of such funding from non-Street Fund sources currently allocated for fiscal 2014-15 if the Portland Street Fund is approved by Council. The Street Fund would add to the city’s annual pavement maintenance budget, more than doubling the total amount spent each year.
Council invites public testimony on the amendments on Dec. 3. Testimony will be limited to the proposed amendments, however testimony on the entirety of the Portland Street Fund proposal is welcomed in writing. Comments and questions may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn more about the Portland Street Fund and find updates at www.OurStreetsPDX.com and on Twitter at @PBOTinfo and #ourstreetspdx.