Mayor Charlie Hales Will Ask Portland Voters to Pick Their Favorite Street Fee in May Advisory Vote

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Unable to find a workable version of the Portland street fee after a year of trying, Mayor Charlie Hales is asking Portland voters to recommend one.The mayor's office this afternoon announced it will place three to six transportation funding options on the May 2015 ballot for a public advisory vote."We will ask the voters to pick from the array of funding options," Hales says in a press release, "and ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 AARON MESH

City Commissioner Amanda Fritz Says She'll Vote Against Latest Street Fee Proposal

She says City Council should send its plan to voters.

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Mayor Charlie Hales and City Commissioner Steve Novick's proposed street fee to raise money for Portland road repairs and safety projects may not have enough votes to get out of City Hall. City Commissioner Amanda Fritz announced this afternoon that she will not support Novick's latest proposal for a residential fee, which estimates gas use based on income. She says the new plan places too large a ...   More
 
Monday, January 5, 2015 by Aaron Mesh

Street Fee Opponents Pledge to Send Portland City Hall's Transportation Fund to the Voters

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It no longer matters what City Hall comes up with for a street fee to fund transportation projects: An opposition group tells WW it will circulate petitions to force the proposal to the ballot. Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick’s ever-shifting plan would raise $46 million a year to pay for road repairs and maintenance. Hales and Novick say the city is way behind in keeping up the ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 31, 2014 AARON MESH

City Commissioner Steve Novick Wants A Street Fee That Uses Your Income to Estimate How Much Gas You Burn

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City Commissioner Steve Novick says he'll try to pass a compromise version of the proposed street fee to fund city transportation projects that would charge households by levels of estimated gasoline consumption. Novick warns that if City Council or voters reject that plan, he'll return with an income tax that places a heavy burden on the rich."We are proposing a revised residential user fee, with ...   More
 
Monday, December 29, 2014 AARON MESH

Neighborhood Coalition Demands Transportation Bureau Produce Street Fee Calculations

SE Uplift files an appeal to the Multnomah County District Attorney.

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Among the groups lining up to oppose the street fee, perhaps the most striking is SE Uplift. The neighborhood coalition is overseen and funded by City Hall. SE Uplift represents 20 neighborhood associations in Southeast Portland—the power blocs of Portland retail politics. The support of neighborhood associations is crucial to winning local votes.Unlike the business lobby, SE Uplift has no natural ...   More
 
Friday, November 28, 2014 AARON MESH

New Poll Says Portlanders Want to Vote on the Street Fee

Hales' spokesman: "We could have saved them a whole lot of money and told them that."

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A poll coordinated by the Portland Business Alliance shows 77 percent of Portlanders want to vote on the street fee.Mayor Charlie Hales and City Commissioner Steve Novick have fiercely opposed sending their $46 million proposal to voters, saying the public supports funding road repairs but can't agree on what kind of tax to pay. The PBA and petroleum lobbyist Paul Romain have both said they are likely ...   More
 
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 AARON MESH

Petroleum Lobbyist Rejects Meeting with Mayor Charlie Hales Over Street Fee

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In the past two weeks, the rift between Portland City Hall and the business lobby over a $46 million street fee has grown increasingly antagonistic, as the two sides prepare for a ballot battle. Mayor Charlie Hales and petroleum lobbyist Paul Romain aren't just separated over how the fee should be structured, or whether it should be sent to voters. They can't even agree to meet. Hales' spokesman Dana ...   More
 
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 AARON MESH

Hales and Novick Try to Thwart Public Vote on Street Fee

Portland officials want to make referral more difficult by breaking fee into two votes.

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Documents filed at Portland City Hall today show Mayor Charlie Hales and City Commissioner Steve Novick are trying to prevent a public vote on their $46 million street fee proposal by forcing opponents to gather signatures twice.Hales and Novick have filed two ordinances with the council clerk's office: one for the business fee, and another for the residential income tax. That means City Council ...   More
 
Friday, November 14, 2014 by Aaron Mesh

Petroleum Lobbyist: Portland Street Fee's Income Tax Requires a Public Vote

UPDATE: Paul Romain says his clients are planning to send the street fee to voters.

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The head of the state's gasoline lobby says he believes Portland Mayor Charlie Hales' latest iteration of the "street fee" is required by the city charter to be sent to voters.Paul Romain, the lobbyist for the Oregon Fuels Association, tells WW that city rules require sending new taxes to a public vote—and the new proposal, a steeply graded income tax, falls under those requirements."If it's an income ...   More
 
Monday, November 10, 2014 AARON MESH

Hotseat: Ann Sanderson

A Woodstock hair stylist is leading the fight for Portlanders to vote on the street fee.


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Since May, Ann Sanderson has been battling the Portland street fee. She also helped design it. Sanderson, 50, owns Odango Hair Studio in the Woodstock neighborhood. When she spoke out against    More
 
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 AARON MESH

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