Metro Measure 26-152
Natural Areas, Water Quality Levy: YESAfter buying up more than 12,000 acres with money from ballot measures in 1995 and 2006, the Metro regional government is the largest owner of parklands in the tri-county region.
Now, Metro is asking voters for a new property-tax levy that would give it $10 million a year over five years to upgrade and maintain those lands. The levy would cost the owner of a $200,000 house about $20 a year.
But open space fits right into Metro’s original charter, which calls for the agency to “preserve and enhance the quality of life and the environment for ourselves and future generations.”
About half the new levy’s money would go to facilities improvements, education and grants. Metro wants to use the new levy for such things as a new boat ramp for Sauvie Island, new restrooms at Oxbow Park, and a new channel in the Sandy River for fish.
About half would be spent on habitat restoration, including along the 90 miles of stream and riverfront Metro has acquired.
Part of what makes Portland an attractive place to live is the surrounding natural beauty. Voters have given Metro money in the past to protect natural areas from becoming strip malls or subdivisions. This measure helps Metro fulfill its mission as steward of those lands.