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Council sends parks bond to November ballot

by: KOIN 6 NEWS - Commissioner Amanda Fritz addresses questions about the parks levy during a town hall meeting on June 30.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 partial list of the kinds of projects to be be funded is posted at www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/65128.

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.

During a recent Town Hall meeting on the measure, many said they favored it. Some had questions about specific projects, however, including the replacement of the failing water-proof membrane under the bricks in Pioneer Courthouse Square, saying the square's board of directors should raise the money for it.