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

Mayor Charlie Hales Says Crosswalk Funding Must Wait for Street Fee

Hales' budget does fund a study of light-rail to Tualatin

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Portland Mayor Charlie Hales released a proposed city budget Thursday largely free of the dramatic threats to sacred cows (and horses) that marked his last budgeting season. But Hales' proposals for the $423 million general-fund budget include one striking omission: He's not supplying the $1 million requested by City Commissioner Steve Novick to build crosswalks for pedestrian safety.Hales and Novick ...   More
 
Friday, May 2, 2014 AARON MESH

City Commissioner Steve Novick Yanking Endorsement of Fellow Commissioner Dan Saltzman's Re-election

Saltzman criticized Novick's plan for a $12-a-month transportation fee.

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Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick is furious over comments his fellow Commissioner Dan Saltzman made to WW this week questioning whether the Portland Bureau of Transportation needs a new street maintenance fee.How angry is he? Sources in City Hall tell WW that Novick has threatened to revoke his endorsement of Saltzman's reelection bid.WW reported Wednesday in Murmurs that Saltzman and Commissioner ...   More
 
Thursday, April 24, 2014 AARON MESH

PBOT Shows Businesses Their Possible Street-Fee Bill

How much would a brewpub pay into the new transportation fee? $604 a month.

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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 ...   More
 
Friday, April 18, 2014 AARON MESH

Survey Shows Cracks in Public Support for $12-a-Month Street Fee

UPDATE: Adding businesses to fee system could raise $52 million a year.

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A phone survey ordered by City Commissioner Steve Novick shows weak support for an $8-a-month or $12-a-month “street maintenance and safety” fee, with as many as 50 percent of voters opposed.The survey 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 ...   More
 
Thursday, April 10, 2014 AARON MESH

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