You'd think with all those different factions testifying in front of the Rainbow City Council yesterday with the same message that Sam Adams and the rest would listen, but the Portland City Council didn't. They passed fee increases for garbage and sewer yesterday. Another huge water rate increase will come next.
This is how tax rebellions are born.
Will Portlanders take the hint and tell them in stronger terms to stop the profligate spending? Here's where your money is going and none of these is a core function of the city:
- More bike paths
- Water Houses
- Rose Festival Building Subsidy
- School gifts
- Unnecessary Occupy Portland police overtime
- Urban Renewal Schemes
This is just a back of the envelope list. Imagine what we'd find if we went into their actual budget documents.