Street fee to be reworked for businesses only

Crews perform work on a road in Portland May 21, 2014. (KOIN 6)
Crews perform work on a road in Portland May 21, 2014. (KOIN 6)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — A spokesperson for Portland Mayor Charlie Hales confirmed Wednesday evening that one aspect of the proposed city street fee still needs work.

Dana Haynes, the mayor’s spokesperson, said the timing aspect of when and how businesses will pay the proposed street fee is still being worked on. No second look is being given to the amount households will pay, which is $11.56 per month.

Haynes said the fee is a priority, stating we have to do this and everyone has to pay for it.

Following a nine-hour city council meeting, Haynes said it was decided that the writing for how businesses will pay the fee will be slowed down, although the fee will still go into effect for both households and businesses on July 1, 2015.

The announcement comes after numerous business owners have voiced their concerns about how Hales and City Commissioner Steve Novick have been fast-tracking plans for the new street fee.

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