The new fee structure imposed recently by Porkland City Council to fund parks effectively prices people out of the market.
Jane Leo, governmental affairs director for PMAR, said the new methodology will bring the parks fee impact on a 30-year mortgage to more than $28,000 for a 2,000-square-foot home being built outside the central city.
"By the council's action today," she said in the release, "the city has made that dream (of home ownership) impossible for many who desire to live here."
And it's not just would-be homeowners; renters also get the shaft. But it doesn't stop there: "business-friendly" Porkland makes sure that commerce takes a huge hit as well -
Under the changes approved by the council in a 3-2 vote, new businesses will pay for impact on parks based both on the workers who live in Portland and those workers who commute into the city.
I can't recall the last time I visited a city park, but while I don't mind supporting them to some degree, it seems that the least the City Council could do would be to take you out to dinner first.