Poll Shows City Looking at $12-a-Home Street Fee to Fund Transportation Bureau

Would you support the City of Portland adopting a $12 a month fee on households to fund transportation maintenance and safety measures? If you live in Portland you may have received an automated telephone call asking about measures to increase transportation funding for the Portland Bureau of Transportation. One question not asked: What if City Council passes the new fee without a public vote? Circumventing voters is one option being looked at by Novick and Hales. Both the $8 and $12 fees could be legally passed by City Council without going to the ballot. That bugs Jason Williams of the Taxpayer Association of Oregon, which regularly challenges tax increases on the ballot.


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