Much of the concern was about who would actually operate the streetcar, how much it would really cost, and how much of the cost the city of LO would have to pay. All of which was never really answered by Streetcar's proponents.
The audit released clearly establishes these issues as being core to the current operations in Portland. In the article released in the Oregon is the statement:
The bureaucracy behind Portland’s $251 million streetcar system is "convoluted and confusing," according to a new city audit, and no more money should be spent expanding it until city leaders set clear goals.
The article can be found at: Convoluted
The actual audit can be found at Portland Streetcar Audit. Its clear from this document that LO would be taking on enormous financial risk with the project as proposed under the Hoffman administration and supported by former Mayor Hammerstad.
While many may say hindsight is 20/20 its very valid in this case and residents should seriously consider what approval of Streetcar may have done to LO financially. To his credit Councilor Jeff Gudman showed these details consistently in council sessions.
Please notify all members contacts and friends.