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Council vote on limited transportation fee ballot measure delayed

Mayor Charlie Hales has postponed the City Council vote on a ballot measure related to his proposed Transportation User Fee for a week.

The council had been scheduled to vote Wednesday on whether to place the measure on the ballot. Now, according to Hales' spokesman Dana Haynes, the vote will not take place until next Wednesday, June 18.

The council had previously been scheduled to vote on a proposal prepared by Hales and Transportation Commissioner Steve Novick to impose a fee on Portland households, businesses and nonprofit organization to help fund transportation projects. The vote on the fees has been postponed until Nov. 12 and the council has also agreed to consider other revenue sources, including a motor vehicle fee, a gas tax, a sales tax, a tax on business profits, or some combination of them all.

The proposed ballot measure would amend the City Charter to restrict the funds raised by the new revenue source or sources to transportation project, with most of the money to be spent on maintenance and safety projects.

The measure would not authorize the new revenue source. Hales wants to place it on the Nov. 4 General Election ballot.

No reason was given for the delay when Hales' office announced it Tuesday.