$68 million Portland park bond on Nov. ballot

New bond would replace one set to expire next June

City Commissioner Amanda Fritz addresses questions about renewal of parks bond during a town hall meeting, June 30, 2014. (KOIN 6)
City Commissioner Amanda Fritz addresses questions about renewal of parks bond during a town hall meeting, June 30, 2014. (KOIN 6)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — The Portland City Council voted unanimously on Thursday to put a bond to renovate Portland parks on the November ballot.

The $68 million bond would replace one set to expire next June and would be used to make improvements to parks around the city.

Some of the projects would include the reopening of play areas, repairing trails and bridges in Forest Park and upgrading several community pools. A complete list is posted here.

If approved by voters, Portlanders will continue to pay nearly nine cents per $1,000 of assessed property value, which is about $17.50 for a home assessed at $200,000.

Several people made their case on the proposed bond with most in favor of it.

However, critics argue that too much money will be spent on Pioneer Courthouse Square, saying that area should not be struggling with cash.

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