Your Voice, Your Vote: Metro area's new affordable housing bond

Tualatin Mayor Lou Ogden and Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish appear with KATU's Steve Dunn on 'Your Voice, Your Vote'

It can be tough to find affordable housing in our region, but are voters willing to pay more in property taxes to help the housing and homeless crises in their counties?

Metro, the regional government for the Portland area, agreed last week to refer a $652 million bond to voters in Clackams, Multnomah, and Washington counties.

The bond will be on the November ballot. | READ MORE

In Sunday’s edition of “Your Voice, Your Vote,” we talk with people on both sides of the issue. Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish is one of the community members backing the bond, while Tualatin Mayor Lou Ogden has concerns about the measure.

“So the question is where do we focus those resources? I would say for $650 million we might be served to focus on an education component not on a hard structure,” said Ogden.

“I don’t want anyone to think that we solve society’s problems by investing just in housing, but what we do is – for about 12,000 people – we give them a fair shot,” said Fish.

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