Low-information voters in the Metropolitan Service District (Metro) which encompasses the Portland area in Oregon voters just approved Ballot Measure 26-178, which imposes a five-year property tax that will generate $80 million dollars for Metro to maintain parks owned by the agency.
Actually, these are "green spaces" - many of which are off-limits to residents and especially to dog owners who wish to take their leashed pets for a walk.
On the surface, this seems like a wonderful thing; everyone likes parks, and they need to be maintained. However, local residents are already paying a Metro garbage tax of $2.50 per ton, originally intended for this very purpose.
In 2002 the Metro Council enacted a garbage tax to pay for the operating costs of parks. In 2004 the tax was raised from $1.50 per ton to $2.50 per ton. Between 2004 and 2015, this tax brought in $46.8 million dollars for Metro.
In 2006, Metro “undedicated” the tax, meaning it would still be collected but the money would be swept into the general fund for other purposes.
So residents are being taxed twice, purportedly for the same purpose: "park" maintenance. We may not be able to visit many of their "green spaces", but we're being doubly taxed to "maintain" them. And the low-info "voters" wonder why it costs so much to live in the Portland metropolitan area.