Portland businesses could pay bills ranging from $6 a month to $2,241 a month if the city creates a new "street maintenance fee" to fund the Portland Bureau of Transportation.
City Commissioner Steve Novick and PBOT director Leah Treat debuted the commercial side of the fee plan to a meeting of business owners on Wednesday morning.
The business fees would be matched with an $8-a-month or $12-a-month fee on households. The city could raise as much as $52 million a year by creating the fee.
BikePortland.com first reported today that the city began releasing some examples of the business side of the fee at a transportation town hall last night.
WW has now obtained PBOT's working draft of proposed fees on businesses.
It's a detailed rate schedule that calculates what 39 businesses would pay, based on their square footage and how many times people travel to visit them.
A nursing home would pay up to $77 a month.
A children's day-care center? Up to $194 a month.
A large brewpub? Up to $604 a month.
The highest charge listed is for a "regional attraction," which could pay between $1,445 and $2,241 a month.
Novick's chief of staff Chris Warner confirms PBOT is using this list as a possible model to update the last attempt at a street fee, which failed in 2008.
"This is an attempt to figure out what businesses would pay based on trips generated," Warner says. "The methodology they used takes a look at square footage as well."
As previously reported by WW, public support for such a fee is soft but improving.
A phone survey funded by PBOT this month found only 44 percent of voters supported a street fee of $12 a month per Portland household. But that number rose to 51 percent once pollsters explained what the fee would fund: road maintenance and pedestrian safety construction projects.
Business support is also uncertain. Novick showed business owners the rate schedule Wednesday at a meeting organized by Venture Portland, a city-funded guild of neighborhood business districts.
Venture Portland executive director Heather A. Hoell sent out an email Tuesday asking members of the Portland Business Alliance to attend.
"PBOT is hosting a business-specific meeting this Wednesday," she wrote, "and, although I'm hearing a lot of frustration from neighborhood businesses I'm low on RSVPs."
Here is the full rate schedule PBOT has drafted.