THURSDAY, JULY 24, 2014 – The Portland City Council today put the final touches on a parks bond measure, to go to voters in November.
The replacement bond would address critical park needs without increasing tax rates from what they are today, by continuing to fund parks at the current rate required by an expiring 1994 bond.
“This is the right thing to do, and the right time to do it,” Mayor Charlie Hales said. “Under the leadership of Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz, we can raise an estimated $56 million to $68 million in funding to address the most critical needs of our city’s beloved parks system.”
“This represents the most urgent needs - the things that are breaking or are already broken,” Commissioner Fritz said.