HR County Approves Westside URA To Move Forward

Hood River County Commissioners adopted a resolution to allow the City of Hood River’s Westside Urban Renewal District to move forward.  Commissioners were for the most part supportive of the district.  Commission Chair Jennifer Euwer did say she was concerned about the revenue the County will forego through tax increment financing for the district, and also said they can’t control the open market, and that there is a need to be realistic about the affordable housing that this will stimulate.  Hood River City Councilors will be the next to make a decision on the Westside district.  In an associated motion by Commissioner Arthur Babitz, the County will ask the City to take part in an effort to study the costs and benefits of the City annexing all remaining properties within the urban growth boundary.

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