The only blog on the internet that takes a critical look at Trimet operations and does NOT just spit back Trimet press releases
The problem with those surveys is that they are way too generalized, and don't take into account that each city, each county, each state - funds roads differently.I sat in not one but TWO presentations put together by the Portland Bureau of Transportation - with two different high level managers confirming that the City does not receive any property tax dollars for roads. Neither does ODOT - the only income tax dollars ODOT receives covers roadside litter patrol (and only because ODOT wanted to protect the funding stream for the Amtrak trains - so when you buy a personalized license plate in this state you're funding Amtrak and not litter patrols.)So, if you live in Portland, motorists actually pay a pretty high percentage of the cost of roads. If you live in Washington County, it's a little lower due to the MSTIP (repeatedly voter approved, unlike the last several MAX projects.)All of this information is verifiable at www.portlandoregon.gov and www.oregon.gov/odot
OK, do motorists pay for any portion of the Big Pipe project, which is (at least partly) needed to handle road runoff?Do they pay for most of their parking?Do they pay for the military time and effort spent defending oil supplies?
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