Mayor Hales, flanked by Commissioner Novick,
Police Chief Mike Reese, PBOT Director
Leah Treat and others at the press conference
(Photo J. Maus/BikePortland)
This morning at Kenilworth Park, Portland Mayor Charlie Hales and Transportation Commissioner Steve Novick announced their plans to bring a vote on their street fee to City Council on June 4th.
The monthly ‘Transportation User Fee’ will be $11.56 per single-family household, $8.09 for low-income households and will rely on a calculation based on trip generation for businesses.
At the press conference, Commissioner Novick handed out a statement that read, “If it’s good enough for Oregon City, it’s good enough for Portland.” $11.56 is the exact same amount Oregon City charges their households and the mayor of that city was the first to address the crowd this morning. “It’s been very successful for us, and I presume it will be successful for Portland.”
The fact that 28 other cities already have some type of street fee has been a major selling point of this potentially controversial effort.