Metro's Measure 26-225 passing
This article has been updated.
A Metro levy, Measure 26-225, is on the ballot this election.
The measure is passing with about 36% of voters approving it and nearly 14% voting no as of Wednesday morning. Votes are still being tallied and final results are not expected for days.
Multnomah County voted about 75% yes, and 25% no on the measure; while Washington County voted about 70% yes and 30% no.
Clackamas County voted about 67% yes and 33% no.
Full Clackamas County results are expected to be delayed.
The measure does not raise the tax rate, but would continue an existing tax already passed by voters for Metro parks in 2013 and in 2016. The current tax rate that would be maintained is $0.096 per $1,000 of assessed value for an additional five years, beginning in 2023. If passed, this is expected to raise about $19.5 million per year, according to Metro.
The measure is intended to protect clean water, restore wildlife and fish habitats, and help people connect with nature.
The request would extend one of several Metro parks and recreation measures for several more years. It would continue to pay for restoration and maintenance, park operations and opportunities for people to access parks and natural areas, the Tribune previously reported.
The new measure would affect 18,000 acres of parks, trails and natural areas in the Metro region.
The measure is supported by the Portland Audubon Society and the Forest Grove-based nonprofit Adelante Mujeres.
"Portland Audubon strongly supports the Metro natural areas levy renewal. It is a crucial funding mechanism to protect and restore our amazing system of regional natural areas and to connect the community to nature," said Bob Sallinger, Audubon Society of Portland conservation director.
"Metro's parks levy has a direct impact on the communities we serve. The Nature in Neighborhoods grant introduces individuals to the beauty, potential and importance of green spaces in our lives--some for the first time. We all need access to nature and this levy gets us there," said Bridget Cooke, Adelante Mujeres executive director.
According to the Oregon Voter Guide, no opposition campaign has been located.
Metro serves more than 1.7 million people in the greater Portland area. In addition to managing the Oregon Convention Center, Portland'5 Centers for the Arts, Portland Expo Center and Oregon Zoo, Metro also manages the region's garbage and recycling system, protects clean water and air at more than 18,000 acres of parks and natural areas, oversees long-range planning across 24 cities and three counties, and is supporting construction of more than 3,000 affordable homes regionwide with more on the way.
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