From the outside looking in
To our Stafford area, city neighbors who will be selecting new Mayors and Councils in Nov. Please be sure to educate yourselves and neighbors on who you support and will vote for! Your vote will have long-term consequences on everyone's health and checkbooks in the region!
One very important issue to consider is "The future of the Stafford Area."
Short and to the point, what are the candidates' views?
- Do they know about the Stafford Hamlet's Community Vision Plan? Rural-Urban Interface?
- How did/would they vote on the three-city IGA (intergovernmental agreement) on Stafford?
- What are their thoughts on the current appeal to LCDC of the IGA?
- What do they know about current infrastructure or expanding infrastructure to accommodate the tax base to help pay for development? (Huge future burden on current and future residents)
- What are their thoughts on the $2.7 billion price tag for development of area (2018 cost estimate) increasing yearly?
- Are they aware of the 40% of costs being proposed by planners/developers to be paid for by cities
- Do they support "other" regional taxing situations, I-205 tolling; Metro's 2040 Transportation Bond?
- Will they embrace the Stafford Rural-Urban Interface through Active Agriculture, providing a "Carbon Sink" and a "safe and secure" food source along with open space and wildlife habitat?
- Do they view Stafford as the "developable land cash cow" for future expansion?
- Which candidates want to "Plan and then see development" of Stafford?
These are just a few of the important issues in Stafford that should be answered before you select your choices for Mayor and Council in your cities.
Although residents in Stafford cannot vote in the surrounding elections, we are following very closely the outcome to see who will be engaging with us about our future; A future we take very seriously!
Information on Stafford's Community Vision Plan available at: STAFFORDHAMLET.COM
Thomas Jefferson often wrote about "the importance of a well-informed electorate."
Do your part; be informed; vote and vote wisely!
RJ Cook is a Lake Oswego resident.
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