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PORTLAND — Dozens of Portland business owners turned out for a town hall meeting at the Oregon Convention Center Tuesday to weigh in on a proposed street repair fee.
Leah Treat, the director of the Portland Bureau of Transportation gave a budget rundown and explained by only $46 million is available to maintain the city’s $8 billion dollars worth of infrastructure. She told the crowd, “I know that many of you in this audience have families, just like I do. I have four small children. I want all of them to be able to walk to school. I want them to be able to bike to school. I want your aging parents to be able to access transit to get to their basic needs and I want everyone to be able to travel safely throughout this city.”
Today, businesses are testifying about the controversial fee. Another hearing will be held tomorrow for resident to tell the city what they think.