Due to high interest, street fee proposal town hall changes location

Due to high interest, street fee proposal town hall changes location

PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland Mayor Charlie Hales and City Commissioner Steve Novick announced Thursday one town hall next week regarding the street fee proposal has moved to a larger room due to high public interest.

There are two proposals, one for homeowners and one for businesses. Homeowners could pay up to $144 a year if the City Council approves the proposal. Businesses could pay much more than that, depending on factors like the size of buildings.

The town hall on the business and nonresidential fee will now be held at the Oregon Convention Center, Portland Ballroom 255, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, June 24. It was originally to be held at Venture Portland.

The town hall for the residential fee will be held at Kaiser Permanente, 3704 N. Interstate Ave. from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 25.

Homeowners and businesses strongly objected to the fees and have put pressure on city leaders. The public packed Council Chambers late last month for a five-hour public hearing.

In response, city commissioners put off votes on both proposals until getting more feedback from the public.

More information can be found here: www.ourstreetspdx.com.