Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on February 1st, 2008 at 9:09 am
The maneuvering on both sides of the landmark “Safe, Sound, and Green Streets” transportation funding proposal has just taken another turn.
Amy Ruiz of the Portland Mercury just reported that City Commissioner Randy Leonard has filed an objection to the recently passed proposal based on a section of the City Charter (Sec. 2-124) that allows any member of Council to object to a passed ordinance. The section states in part:
“…If a majority shall vote to sustain such objections, the ordinance shall be deemed repealed and shall not take effect.”
This leads Ruiz to report:
“The objection has been filed against agenda items 178 and 179—one establishes the fee, and the other an oversight committee—by Randy Leonard, citing concerns that “that these two items may be in forms that may not be in the public’s best interest.”
By my read, that means the items are back on next Wednesday’s agenda, where the council could repeal them, paving the way to approve a three-part street fee that’s difficult—if not impossible—for opponents to refer.”
Read more on the Portland Mercury and stay tuned for further coverage.