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Hales: Street fee to be reworked for businesses

by: KOIN NEWS 6 - Mayor Charlie Hales says more money is needed for the city's transportation needs.The day before the first scheduled public hearing on the proposed street fee, a spokesperson for Mayor Charlie Hales confirmed Wednesday evening that one aspect of it still needs work.

Dana Haynes, the mayor’s spokesperson, said the timing 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.

Hales originally said the fee — officially called a Transportation user fee — is a priority, stating we have to do this and everyone has to pay for it.

But 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. Hales still wants the fee to go into effect for both households and businesses on July 1, 2015, however.

The announcement Wednesday 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.