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Business street fee forum moved to larger setting

The early Tuesday morning public forum on a proposed transportation fee against businesses, governments and nonprofit organization has been moved to a larger setting.

The forum had originally been scheduled for the offices of Venture Portland, which represents neighborhood business associations. But, according to the Portland Bureau of Transportation, with higher-than-expected interest in the proposal, it has been relocated to the Oregon Convention Center, Portland Ballroom 255.

A Wednesday night meeting will focus on the fee for households.

“Portlanders are passionate about participating in local government,” says Mayor Charlie Hales. “We welcome ideas about how they want to improve the transportation fee, or alternative proposals on par with the $53 million it would raise. There’s no question we need to invest in basic transportation maintenance and safety.”

The schedule for the two forums are:

Town Hall on Business and Non-Residential Fee: 8 to 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, June 24, at Oregon Convention Center, Portland Ballroom 255, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Town Hall on Residential Fee: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 25, at Kaiser Permanente’s Town Hall, 3704 N Interstate Ave.

The City Council is scheduled to consider fees for households and non-residential properties on Nov. 12. It is also considering putting a measure on the Nov. 4 General Election ballot to restrict the money raised by the fees to transportation project.