Day: October 17, 2007

Hidden in Plain Sight: Portland’s Disappearing Street Maintenance Fund

John A. Charles, Jr.QuickPoint!

Portland City Commissioner Sam Adams and Multnomah County Chair Ted Wheeler have proposed a 3-cent-per-gallon tax increase and a monthly fee for homeowners and businesses in order to generate roughly $485 million over 10 years that would be used for local street maintenance, safety programs, and Willamette River bridge repairs. However, before this concept is approved, the two politicians have some explaining to do about current priorities.

According to a city auditor’s report published in December 2006, the total amount of money (more…)

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