Term limits: What 'they' say versus the reality
They say "let the people decide." But "the people" have voted for other candidates, so they now want to change Wilsonville City Charter to advantage THEIR candidates.
They say they "support local business." But they support adding "thousands of jobs" at Aurora Airport, outside of any city, instead of supporting Wilsonville jobs.
More Aurora Airport businesses will not pay a fair share of our sewer and water systems (airport has wells/septics), our parks, city services, storm water systems, our roads, sidewalks, trails or pathways.
Long planned business growth in Coffee Creek Industrial Area will support these public city systems.
They say that term limits have nothing to do with the Aurora Airport. But airport development interests have contributed $4,500 to the "Yes" campaign.
They say they want more "done about traffic." But instead of working jointly to define and implement best solutions, they want to add "thousands of jobs" at Aurora Airport, adding thousands of vehicles to the choke point of Boone Bridge traffic daily.
They say they "support free enterprise." But when the 2008-09 recession caused many people to lose their homes, and the free enterprise market responded by building more apartments that families could afford, they opposed that because they only want $500,000+ single-family homes in Wilsonville. They say they want "other people to have a chance" on council. But they have an equal chance RIGHT NOW in elections every two years. They really do not want "the people" to have an equal chance for election. They just want THEIR small group to have an advantage, to gain control over city
decisions and policies.
They say they support open, transparent government. But their supporters have consistently worked behind the scenes to circumvent public process required by Oregon statutes. Now they want to change the City Charter because a majority of Wilsonville voters have repeatedly rejected their risky ideas.
They say "let the people decide." But just five contributors have funded almost 90% of their $27,500 campaign. These five contributors include major out-of-town interests who want to do more development without following Oregon rules, and in-town interests who just want to build more "executive housing."
Is Wilsonville government really for sale to development special interests who do not want to follow Oregon rules? I truly hope not.
They are right about one thing: I personally do not think that their "back room deal" approach, not following Oregon statutes, and disregard for the public who can't afford their "executive housing," truly reflect what we value in Wilsonville.
Tim Knapp is mayor of Wilsonville.
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