Archive for August 24th, 2011

August 24, 2011

CRC Funding on the Chopping Block?

by lewwaters

A coalition of 4 advocacy groups calling themselves “Green Scissors 2011” has issued a report identifying programs that they see as “wasteful or environmentally harmful” and are recommending to the recently formed super commission to cut funding. Page 18 of the report lists “Columbia River Crossing” at the lower cost of $3.6 Billion saved.

In reality, we here in Clark County know that if cut, much more than that will be saved.

The coalition comprised of Taxpayers for Common Sense, The Heartland Institute, Friends of the Earth and Public Citizen has no personal stake in these programs and recommends over more than $380 billion in wasteful government programs the commission could cut.

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August 24, 2011

Clackamas County urban renewal initiative qualifies for November ballot

by lewwaters

From the August 23, 2011 Oregonian,

An initiative requiring voter approval for new urban renewal districts has narrowly qualified for the Nov. 8 ballot, prompting county commissioners to move quickly to place a possible competing measure on the ballot.

County Clerk Sherry Hall’s office today certified the 9,378 valid signatures needed to place the initiative on the ballot.

“I feel good,” said John Williams, a former Oregon City mayor who is one of the chief petitioners.”It was a lot of hard work and a lot of people took part in this, and it’s nice to have it culminate in an election.”

What if any effect passage of the Clackamas County initiative might have on Clark County residents ongoing battle against Light Rail is unknown at this time. One effort by Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt to ensure they receive the tax increase they wish to fund maintenance and operations of to create a sub-district, as they did to pass tax increase in 2005 that was voted down in 2004.

On the November 2011 ballot will be Proposition 1, to increase the sales tax by 0.2 percent, supposedly to keep C-Tran buses running at current levels.

Judging by comments left at a Columbian article covering a supporters rally at the Clark County Fair, public sentiment is against any more tax increases to C-Trans.

See also, C-Tran Proposition 1 Must Be Defeated and No More Money To C-Tran

We all must live within our means, it’s about time government subsidized agencies did too.

Can a defeat in Clackamas County be a precursor for Clark County?