A proposed Portland tax for repairing and maintaining the city’s busiest roads, as well as pedestrian safety projects, is getting closer to becoming reality. City businesses would bare the brunt of the tax load, with annual costs incurred by residential homeowners as well. How much would each business have to pay? Take a look at the proposed payment fees based on business type and see what your business may have to pay monthly.

Mayor Hales and Commissioner Novick have scheduled a forum to get feedback from business owners on Tuesday, May 20th from 8am-9am at the Moda Center. Please confirm your attendance at this important and time-sensitive meeting  Space is limited – please RSVP to heather@ventureportland.org as soon as possible.

To prepare for the meeting, please collect information about the impact of this new tax on the businesses in your district.  It would be great if you could bring stories or feedback from your district to the meeting.  The following are questions to get your started:

  • What, if any, impact will the proposed street tax have on your business?
  • What is the most important transportation issue impacting your business (ex: lack of crosswalks/signals; traffic speed; congestion; parking/cars; parking/bikes; lack of sidewalks; access for freight; etc)?
  • What percentage of your customers arrive by: Auto, Bus/Street Car/Max, Bike, Pedestrian
  • If you could dedicate the business portion of the tax revenue to fund specific transportation issues to support your business, what would they be?

The following links include additional information about the proposed street tax.

PBOT Presentation

http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/article/487227

PBOT Survey

http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/article/487228

http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/64188

Articles

http://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2014/05/portland_street_fee_needs_busi.html

http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2014/04/portlands_roads_commissioner_s.html

http://www.oregonlive.com/commuting/index.ssf/2014/04/portland_street_fee_cant_be_se.html

http://bikeportland.org/2014/01/15/city-assembles-sales-team-for-street-fee-plan-99924

http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22520-road_worriers.html

http://www.katu.com/news/local/Portland-considers-new-monthly-tax-for-roads-253674151.htm