PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — One measure on the ballot for Portland’s special election has supporters and critics on either side. The “Nature for All” Measure 26-203 would authorize $475 million in bonds to protect local lakes, river, and natural areas, as well as improve access to parks in the tri-county area.
Metro council members, local businesses, environmental groups and other supporters say the measure would improve infrastructure, protect habitat, and help with land acquisitions.
However, its critics, like the Cascade Policy Institute and the Tax Payers Association of Oregon, worry it will add to land grabs of productive forests and farm land. They are also concerned that the measure would eventually end up increasing taxes, despite what supporters claim.
More information about Measure 26-203 can be found online here.
The deadline to drop off voter ballots in the special election is November 5.