Safe, Sound and Green

Commissioner Sam Adams has announced his “Safe, Sound and Green” plan to fund street maintenance and safety projects. See the Oregonian coverage.

This will be coupled with a Multnomah County proposal to help fund maintenance of the Willamette River Bridges and other critical County roads. Some of the County funds will also be shared with Portland and other cities in the County. The details of the County proposal are not available yet.

The Portland component will consist of two revenue sources: a new 3 cent City gas tax and a SMF (pronounced smiff, Street Maintenance Fee). The SMF will average $4.50 per month for residents and run from a $10 or $20 for small businesses to $1,000+ for large retail sites. The SMF will be collected on water bills and both residents and businesses will be able to earn discounts by voluntarily undertaking certain “green” activities.

The bulk of the Portland revenue will be spent on repaving or rebuilding arterial streets (which are currently rated ‘poor’) over a 10 year period. The program will also create 100+ miles of new low-traffic bikeways to provide opportunities for cyclists to use streets where they will not be in conflict with cars and trucks. There are also a variety of other safety projects, including adding sidewalks on major arterials where they are missing today.

It’s not clear yet which pieces of this plan may be adopted by Council and which may go to the ballot.

[Full disclosure: I’m a member of the stakeholder committee advising Sam on this plan.]

Sam will take this plan on the road to a series of town halls around the City:

Town Hall Meetings

Tuesday, October 16, 7-9 pm
Central Northeast Portland
Madison High School
2735 NE 82nd Avenue

Thursday, October 18, 7-9 pm
Northeast Portland
Jefferson High School
5210 N Kerby Avenue

Monday, October 22, 7-9 pm
East Portland
Menlo Park Elementary School
12900 NE Glisan

Tuesday, October 23, 7-9 pm
North Portland
Rosa Parks Elementary School
8960 N Woolsey

Wednesday, October 24, 7-9 pm
Northwest Portland
Metropolitan Learning Center
2033 NW Glisan

Monday, October 29, 7-9 pm
Southwest Portland
Wilson High School
1151 SW Vermont

Tuesday, October 30, 7-9 pm
Southeast Portland
Sellwood Middle School
8300 SE 15th Avenue

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