Weigh-in on Street Tax at Two Town Hall Meetings

Mayor Hales, Commissioner Novick, Director Treat to gather public input on Transportation User Fee at two town halls

Portland Mayor Charlie Hales, City Commissioner Steve Novick and Transportation Director Leah Treat have invited the public to provide input on how the city can improve the proposed Transportation User Fee at two upcoming town hall meetings. The meetings will provide an opportunity for the public to speak with transportation staff, ask questions and make comments to the Mayor, Commissioner and Director.

The City Council delayed the proposal June 4, after five months of Our Streets PDX town halls, online surveys, advisory committee meetings and a five-hour public hearing May 29. Two upcoming town halls will kick off the next phase of outreach through October, designed to gather input to address the needs of businesses, non-profits and low-income households.

“There’s no question that we need to pay to maintain our streets,” Mayor Hales said. “If someone has a way to improve the Transportation User Fee and still raise $50 million a year, let’s hear it. Our community can no longer pretend that Congress or the state will save us from the need to invest in basic maintenance.”

  • Town Hall on Business and Non-Residential Fee: 8 to 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, June 24, at Venture Portland, 1125 SE Madison St., Suite 112.
  • Town Hall on Residential Fee: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 25, at Kaiser Permanente’s Town Hall, 3704 N Interstate Ave.

For more information about the Our Streets PDX funding conversation and the proposed Transportation User Fee, see the project web page: www.ourstreetspdx.com.

Here is the latest updated information on the proposed fee the council amended May 29th:

  • Updated online calculator: PBOT has updated an online calculator that estimates the monthly fee for residential and non-residential ratepayers. PBOT has updated the web calculator from the proposed $11.56 fee to the 3-year phase-in starting at $6 a month for single-family properties.
  • Transportation User Fee rate details: Details on the way the fee is calculated, to help business owners find the right information.
  • Frequently Asked Questions: This series of questions and answers will help the public learn more about why the fee was proposed and what it would pay for.