Charlie Hales: On suspending system development charges for two years.
The Truth-o-Meter says: Half Flip | Hales hasn't completely reversed course on his 'system development charges' moratorium
In a city as blue as Portland, it’s sometimes hard for mayoral candidates to draw sharp policy differences. Even so, a few emerge. Take for instance, Charlie Hale’s and Jefferson Smith’s difference over the very intriguing "system development charges." System development charges are fees paid by developers to help finance the infrastructure need to support their projects -- everything from roads and water to sewers and parks. During the primary campaign, Hales called for a two-year moratorium on the charges. They were a deterrent to new development, he said, at a time when ... >> More
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July 20, 2012
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