Fee For All

The wrong turns that Steve Novick took to raise more money for Portland’s roads.


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City Commissioner Steve Novick has led the parade for new road funding into a blind alley. He’s the architect of a plan to raise at least $40 million a year for transportation projects by crea   More
 
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 AARON MESH

Portland Street Fee Didn't Have Crucial Third Vote: City Commissioner Amanda Fritz

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Here's one of the reasons Portland Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick today announced a five-month delay in passing a street fee: Commissioner Amanda Fritz, their crucial third vote, told them she wasn't ready to vote for it.Fritz tells WW she informed Novick and Hales she didn't think their proposal was ready after a contentious May 29 public hearing."After the hearing, it was very ...   More
 
Tuesday, June 3, 2014 AARON MESH

Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick Postpone Vote on Street Fee

UPDATE: Steve Novick says he's open to reconsidering a sales tax or income tax.

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Portland Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick are putting their proposed street fee on hold. Sources at City Hall tell WW that Hales and Novick are postponing a City Council vote on a residential fee charging households $144 a year. The vote was planned for Wednesday, but will be delayed until November. Word of the decision was first reported last night by The Oregonian. Novick confirmed ...   More
 
Tuesday, June 3, 2014 AARON MESH

Here Are Nick Fish's 11 Unanswered Questions on the Portland Street Fee

UPDATE: Steve Novick suggests Fish should lower water and sewer bills for the poor.

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City Commissioner Nick Fish has a lot of questions about the Portland street fee.He tried to raise those questions at last night's public hearing, but was rebuffed by Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick. Today, he sent them by email to all City Council offices. The fee, which would eventually charge most households $144 a year, is being pushed to rapid approval by Hales and Novick, ...   More
 
Friday, May 30, 2014 AARON MESH

Petroleum Lobbyist: Street Fee Will Be Referred to the Ballot

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A heated public hearing over Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick's proposed Portland street fee turned to open electoral warfare this afternoon, as the head of the state gasoline lobby told city commissioners opponents would refer the proposed fee to voters."It will go to the ballot," said Paul Romain a lobbyist for the Oregon Petroleum Association. "Don't make us refer it."The group ...   More
 
Thursday, May 29, 2014 Nigel Jaquiss and Aaron Mesh

Rev. Chuck Currie: Don't Put the Street Fee Burden on the Poor

UPDATE: Low-income housing managers say fee would harm the vulnerable.

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A Portland minister is warning City Hall that passing a residential street fee and delaying a vote on charging businesses threatens to offload the tax burden onto the poor. The letter from the Rev. Chuck Currie to the City Council hints at how today's 2 pm hearing on Mayor Charlie Hales and City Commissioner Steve Novick's street fee plan could turn into a donnybrook. Opposition to the proposal—which ...   More
 
Thursday, May 29, 2014 AARON MESH

The New Yorker Looks at Portland's Divestment of Walmart Bonds

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A couple of weeks ago, City Commissioner Steve Novick issued a press release highlighting the first phase of the city of Portland's divestment of bonds issued by Walmart. Last year, city council passed a resolution prohibiting any future investments from the city's $1 billion  portfolio in Walmart bonds. When the resolution passed, the city held $36 million in Walmart bonds. A quarter of those ...   More
 
Thursday, May 29, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick Are Hitting the Brakes on Street Fee for Businesses

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With hours left before the first public hearing on the Portland street fee, Mayor Charlie Hales and City Commissioner Steve Novick are preparing major changes to the proposal. Hales' office confirms the mayor and Novick are considering passing the street fee for households only—and removing for now the side that charges businesses and commercial property, as well as churches, government agencies ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 AARON MESH

Murmurs: Boil This News Before Reading.


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Not just any proposal can alarm both churches and the purveyors of lottery tickets and cigarettes. But places of worship and convenience stores are the groups expressing the loudest opposition t   More
 
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 WW Editorial Staff

City Commissioner Nick Fish: I Won't Stand For Using Water, Sewer Bills To Collect the Mayor's Street Fee

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If Mayor Charlie Hales and City Commissioner Steve Novick are going to collect a $138-a-year street fee from Portland households, the most obvious place to charge residents is on their water and sewer bills.Hales said at today's press conference debuting the street fee that he and Novick were considering utility bills as a possible means of collection. "Another reason for the yearlong buildup here ...   More
 
Thursday, May 22, 2014 AARON MESH

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