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Jennifer Dowling and KOIN 6 News Staff PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) City commissioners are trying tackle street and sidewalk improvement in the Portland area using a fee collected from the construction of new homes.
“People want improve streets and new sidewalks, but it should be citywide that people pay for it, not just a select few homeowners paying the bulk of the cost,
” said Ken Paulsen, who wants to build a home in Portland.
He said he might have to pay upwards of $90,000 total to build a home on his empty lot.
“It’s just an overwhelming burden to us,” Paulsen said.
Fish said they are considering ways to address the high cost,
which is collected depending on how much street frontage the property has on a unimproved road. He said they are considering an ordinance to cap the fee and programs that offer discounts and financing.
Staff in Commissioner Dan Saltzman’s office will be taking feedback residents gave during the first reading of the ordinance into consideration and will come back with a revised ordinance in early 2018.