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Letter writer Eddy Morales endorses Metro's Measure 26-203, which he says will improve parks and neighborhoods.

This November, voters have the opportunity to renew the Metro Parks bond with a "yes" vote on Measure 26-203.

Gresham's mayor and City Council, as well as the Coalition of Gresham Neighborhood Associations, are proud to endorse this measure and encourage voters everywhere to vote "yes."

Measure 26-203 benefits Gresham residents with new investments and supports maintenance to existing parks structures without raising taxes.

A lot has changed in the 24 years since the first Metro bond passed. Gresham is growing rapidly and has limited resources to serve our diverse and expanding community. Partnerships with Metro and local community organizations are essential to ensuring equal access to our region's natural areas. Thanks to Metro and its partners, our regional government can serve as a north star to guide us as we make our parks safer, healthier, and more enjoyable for everyone.

Our parks serve as social infrastructure that make our streets feel like neighborhoods, our neighborhoods feel like communities, and our communities feel closer to our beautiful Pacific Northwest environment. Measure 26-203 responds to our changing needs with specific allocations, vetted through a yearlong public process. One of the allocations is $92 million to support local projects across all three counties, allowing cities like ours to partner to improve our local parks and greenspaces.

The only thing that has not changed since 1995 is the bond rate. This means that the average homeowner will still only pay about $4 dollars a month, or the cost of a cup of coffee, to reach a total of $475 million bond dollars.

Measure 26-203 renews our bond to safeguard what makes this region unique and resilient: our natural legacy and our access to it.

Join us in voting "yes" on Measure 26-203 by 8 p.m. Nov. 5

Eddy Morales of Gresham

Nature for All PAC


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