Portland Street Fee Would Create Big Bills for Other Local Governments

Local government agencies are discovering the City of Portland plans to charge them what could be hundreds of thousands of dollars a year under Mayor Charlie Hales’ proposed "street fee" plan. Hales and City Commissioner Steve Novick have for months been showing citizens the structure of the fee, which would charge households up to $12 a month and businesses much more. The proposal is unusual because government agencies often can’t levy taxes against each other. But the Portland Bureau of Transportation confirms that it plans to charge the fee to governments.
Among the public agencies now being told: Oregon Health & Sciences University, Portland State University and the Port of Portland.
www.wweek.com/portland/blog-31623-portland_street_….html

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