To All COLA LO Members,
Lets take a look at what the candidates have told us during their interviews and more importantly what the voters have told the candidates!
There were two bond measures on the ballot this election and they received the most voter attention.
Voters stunningly defeated the library bond measure by 16% More voters voted on this measure than any other item on the ballot. Clearly the voters said no to not only more property taxes for a library but also to a library in a public/private real estate development partnership within an urban renewal district.
At the same time the voters very narrowly passed a bond measure for Boone's ferry road improvements. It passed by only 3% or 640 votes. The proponents of the measure sold it as "safer streets" for the area. Unfortunately the measure was only $5 million and will likely not improve the streets but be spent on engineering.
So its very likely that the new council will have street improvement as a major agenda item but only using existing general funds to pay for the improvements. We expect the new council will increase street improvement efforts by transferring funds from other areas or doing more with less.
Given that the new Mayor has said that he plans to develop a strategic plan for the city with the new council its likely it will include both streets and redirecting urban renewal efforts. The majority of the newly elected councilors also seem to favor less urban renewal by the city and more private development. They also have all stated that roads are a critical function of the city. Given this approach its likely that the new council will also focus on reducing the burden/regulations on business and attracting more private development in Lake Oswego.
So more road work, less urban renewal, and attracting private development may be on the new agenda. More to come in future posts........
Please notify all members, contacts, and friends.....