Vote 'yes' on Metro bond
Two reasons to vote YES for Measure 26-203:
First, Measure 26-203 won't increase your property tax bill. It simply renews the 2006 Metro bond voters passed by over 60% at the same property tax rate.
Second, Gresham's local share will provide over $4 million in needed parks and open space funding. The Nature in Neighborhoods community grant program has supported key local park projects like Nadaka Nature Park. The 2006 Metro bond paid for over 30% of Nadaka's construction costs, part of purchasing two new acres, providing programming, etc.
Gresham benefits disproportionally from the $155 million in regional funds because East County has so many regionally significant natural features like Johnson Creek, the Sandy River, and East Buttes. Measure 26-203 will also improve Blue Lake and Oxbow Regional Parks and provide new access to Gabbert Butte Natural Area and Butler Creek Trail. Also targeted for improvement are gaps in the Cazadero Trail connecting Gresham to the Clackamas River and East Butte Powerline Trail.
Gresham has been cutting local parks funding for years. We need to change that with a local parks district. Until that happens, Measure 26-203 will provide critical funding and help sustain a nature-rich legacy for our children.
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