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Street fee hearings announced


Commissioner Steve Novick announced the schedule for two upcoming advisory committee meetings on the proposed street fee late Friday afternoon.

Novick and Mayor Charlie Hales want the City Council to approve a new revenue source to pay to maintain city street and increase their safety features. Novick and Hales have proposed several ideas but pulled them back in the face of public opposition.

About 5:30 p.m. on July 11, Novick sent out an email with the following schedule for advisory committees appointed to consider various issues related to the proposal:

• Non-Residential, Business Stakeholder Workgroup. First meeting: Monday, July 14, 3:30-5:00 p.m., Portland Building, Room C. It will advise Hales, Novick and the Portland Bureau of Transportation on how to refine the non-residential portion of the proposed Transportation User Fee (TUF) to minimize negative impacts to the business community. This group will be chaired by Fred Miller, Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Portland.

• Non-residential, Non-profit and Low-income Stakeholder Workgroup. First meeting: Tuesday, July 29, 3:30-5:00 p.m., Portland Building Room C. Nonprofit and government partners will advise Hales. Novick and PBOT on how to refine the non-residential portion of the TUF to minimize the impacts to non-profits and public institutions. It will also advise on how low-income discounts for the transportation funding proposal and discounts for existing water and sewer ratepayers can be more easily accessed by low-income Portlanders. This group will be chaired by Ruth Adkins, Board Member for Portland Public Schools and Policy Director for Oregon Opportunity Network.

PBOT has posted the rosters and schedules of upcoming meetings for the workgroups that will advise on the Our Streets PDX process at www.OurStreetsPDX.com. While the meetings are open to the public, public testimony will not be taken.

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According to the release, council delayed a proposed TUF on June 4 after five months of town halls, online surveys, advisory committee meetings and a five-hour public hearing May 29. Public outreach and community engagement will continue, leading up to a council vote, expected in November.