Pioneer Square needs repair - to the tune of around $10 million. Underneath the spiffy bricks, there's a waterproof liner that isn't waterproof any more. Paint on the columns is peeling. Restrooms need repairs.
And as is generally the case in Portland, they didn't bother with maintenance because they had bike paths to build, or whatever. Heck, the city's never funded their police and fire pension obligations, which currently amount to around $3 billion, so why would they bother socking money away for maintenance on "Portland's living room"?
Next Thursday, the Portland City Council is expected to vote to refer a $68 million parks bond to voters in November.
Naturally, the low-info Portland crowd will pass it. But it won't "meet the need", so the city council will be "forced" to mandate another "fee". Doesn't matter if you've never set foot in the place; it's your civic duty to pay up.