TriMet moves to raise payroll tax to expand regional service

TriMet could use part of the proposed payroll tax increase to help fund community shuttle bus operations, like GroveLink that is currently operating in Forest Grove.

TriMet is on track to raise its payroll tax to fund service enhancements next year.

The regional transit agency's Board of Directors was briefed Wednesday on a proposal to raise the tax on most employers by one-tenth of 1 percent over 10 years. The first public hearing is scheduled for August, and the board could approve the increase at its September meeting.