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OSBA Street Tax poll in Portland Tribune

portlandOSBA was featured in the Portland Tribune for their poll on the Portland Street Tax.   The poll helped showcase that voters want the right to vote on any new street taxes that will hurt small businesses and working families.

Here is what the Portland Tribune (12/2/14) said…

A new poll says most Portlanders are against the proposed street fee, think it should be referred to the voters, and will vote against Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick if they try to prevent city residents from voting on it.  Those are the highlights of a poll commissioned by the Oregon Small Business Association, lobbyist Kent Craford, and others about the street fee proposed by Hales and Novick. It was conducted by Riley Research between Nov. 24 and 28, and released on Dec. 2 — the day before the City Council is scheduled to consider adding a six-year sunset clause to the proposal. The final vote is tentatively scheduled for Dec. 10.
According to the new poll’s executive summary:
• Nearly two-thirds of likely voters in the City of Portland are opposed to the new personal income and business taxes (63%), including 50% who strongly oppose the proposed new tax. Only 26% support of the street fee, and 11% are undecided.
• Likely voters age 18-34 were slightly more likely to support the proposed taxes (34%), although a plurality of voters in that age group oppose it (47%). Pre-retirement voters (those 55-64) were most likely to oppose the new tax (72%).
• More than eight-in-ten voters (83%) feel that the decision about whether or not to implement the new tax should be referred to the voters, including 71% who strongly support referring the decision to the voters. About one-in-eight voters support a decision by the council alone (13%), and only 4% were undecided on the issue.
• The referral-to-voters option is favored by 76% of Democrats and by more than 90% of those representing all other political stripes.
• Some two-thirds of voters (65%) would be less likely to support the re-election of Hales and Novick, should they decide to block a referral of the new tax to a vote of the people (including 49% who would be much less likely to support their reelection). Just 3% of voters saying they would be more likely to re-elect them, while 31% indicated that this issue would make no difference. While 58% of Democrats would be less likely to re-elect Hales and Novick, 38% said it would make no difference. ..