Novick looks at ‘creative solutions’ to fix transportation troubles – http://bit.ly/1Pw43eb
PORTLAND, Ore. — A spokesperson for Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick says he is throwing around the idea of a studded tire tax. The idea is as preliminary as it gets as there is not a number tied to the tax yet or even a timeline.
According to the Oregon Department of Transportation, studded tire use has dwindled in the last decade. Still, damage tied to the tires costs the state an estimated $8.5 million each year.
“So, I come from an angry dad who is constantly shaking his fist and he’s right. I think it is kind of a problem with studded tires,” Portland driver Jamie Edwards told KATU News while filling up at a Northeast Portland gas station.
“We need a lot of help with driving and alternative transportation methods, and if a tax can help, it helps,” another driver added.
Novick’s office says the talk is part of the commissioners’ work in “trying to think of creative solutions to mounting transportation and maintenance needs.”
In layman’s terms: Repairs and traffic.
According to a 2014 study on the economic impacts of congestion in Oregon, if the state’s population continues to grow at the current rate, and traffic speeds continue to decline, by 2040 the average Portland household will spend 69 hours, just shy of three days, stuck in traffic each year.
The studded-tire-tax-talk comes three months after Novick proposed a 4-year, 10-cent gas tax that would mainly be used for street repairs across the city.
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