Portland Mayor Wheeler declines to seek new business taxes amid budget concerns

As the city of Portland faces big cuts amid declining revenues, Mayor Ted Wheeler isn’t planning to call on businesses to make up the difference through new taxes.

“That would be adding fuel to the fire,” Wheeler said in a Monday interview when asked if there were plans for new taxes on the business community to try to shore up lost revenue.

“Personally, I’m not seeking to do that,” he said. “I’m not saying there won’t be an adjustment here or there around fees or whatever. We adjust those all the time to accommodate, or to account for cost increases and whatnot.”
Portland faces tough decisions in its upcoming yearly budget, due to be adopted in June, as revenue sources have slowed within the past year.

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