Portland City Council Delays Street Fee Vote | 101 KXL

Portland City Council Delays Street Fee Vote

Written by Jeremy Scott on June 3, 2014

PORTLAND — A vote was supposed to happen Wednesday on charging a monthly street fee to residents and businesses for maintaining the streets.

Mayor Charlies Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick pushed it back to November because of concerns over how the fee would affect small businesses and those with a low income.

“We can pay now, or we can pay a lot more later and the federal government is not going to pay the bill for us anymore,” said Mayor Charlie Hales.

The council will still vote Wednesday on asking voters in the fall to change the charter to make sure the street fee is used only for transportation projects.

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