To All COLA LO Members,
Once again an amendment to put the issue up for a vote by residents was defeated by a 4-3 vote of the council. Residents will not be allowed to vote on the approval of the urban renewal district or the proposed Tax Increment Financing (TIF) it will use for renewal.
Several citizens testified at the hearing including local residents and neighborhood associations. Two residents were quoted as expressing their concerns about the new URD and the need for a vote of LO residents before approving it. Details can be found form the LO review.
Carolyn Krebs of the Lake Forest Neighborhood Association was less
confident in the proposal. She said her association opposes formation of
an urban renewal district without a citizen vote.
“While it is
true tax increment financing doesn’t raise property taxes, it does
impact citizens financially by changing what they can expect from city,
county and state government,” she said. “Citizens of Lake Oswego should
have the right to decide before making this commitment.”
also noted the Lake Grove plan included a goal calling for public
involvement with recommendations of potential funding mechanisms.
However, she said, “It appears this public hearing is the only
opportunity for any of us to say whether we recommend urban renewal.”
Uchida, who, like Krebs, has been involved in Lake Grove planning for
years, recently served on a Lake Grove urban renewal focus group for the
city. She said she felt “spoon fed” information by consultants pushing
the group to rubberstamp the urban renewal plan.
council OK's Lake Grove and Council Approves Urban Renewal District. No doubt the issue will continue to be in the limelight as the council prepares for a bond measure to help finance the district on the fall ballot.
Please notify all members, contacts, and friends.