I wish all Benton County residents could have been at the meeting of the Corvallis City Council on Feb. 5. There was powerful testimony from the League of Women Voters, in regard to the ongoing battle over whether citizens should continue to have the right to vote on property annexations. Here's one small piece:
"It is a complete myth" that voters in Corvallis are anti-annexation. There have been 44 such votes and 40 have been approved by the voters. I don't have the stats on the annexation votes in Philomath, but I would bet it's about the same. In the two-and-a-half years I've lived here, only one annexation has been voted down.
So, if there are plenty of annexations approved, and it's not the voters that are the problem, what is the problem?
The problem is that developers don't build affordable housing. Just go and look at the monstrosities on Sylvia, near West Hills Road.
They do this because it's easier to make money with mansions than affordable housing. If we want affordable housing in our area, we will have to suck it up and provide subsidies and/or guarantees to developers, or else they just won't take the financial risk.
But to go back to my main theme, let me borrow from a couple of well-known phrases and say, "an attack on voting rights anywhere, is an attack on voting everywhere."
Philomath (Feb. 27)