Thursday, September 15, 2011

Newsletter from Rep. Tina Kotek

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Now that the short-lived summer weather is fading, we have a wonderful opportunity to catch up!  I hope that you will join me at an upcoming Town Hall to recap the 2011 Session, discuss the upcoming 2012 Session, and talk about community issues that matter to you. 

What:    Town Hall MeetingTownHall

When:    Monday, September 26, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.

Where:   Historic Kenton Firehouse
              8105 N. Brandon Ave., Portland, OR 97217 (map)

For more information, call or email my legislative assistant, Michelle Rogelstad, at or (503) 286-0558 (district).

Property Tax Deferral Program ChangesTaxDeferral

A few of you have written to me about changes to the Senior Property Tax Deferral Program.  This is a state program where the state pays the property taxes for qualified applicants and then is paid back the money when the property is sold. This program is designed to be self-funding, with the repayment of deferred taxes covering the cost of the overall program.  Because of the housing slump, many seniors cannot sell their homes.  This has sharply reduced the revenue flowing into the program, leading to a projected $19 million hole for the 2011-2013 biennium.  In order for the program to be viable for the long term, a return to more normal housing market conditions is needed. 

In the meantime, in order to keep the program sustainable during these difficult times, the Legislature approved changes to the program that limit eligibility, particularly if a homeowner's application involves a reverse mortgage.  To view the changes to the Senior Property Tax Deferral Program, please visit the Department of Revenue's website addressing the changes, which you may view here.

I am interested in hearing from you if the changes in the program affect you.  The Legislature will continue to review the effects of the changes and consider any possible modifications.  
Community Meeting on Responding to ForeclosureFightingForeclosure

This evening the Oregon Foreclosure Response Project and Economic Fairness Oregon are hosting a community meeting in St. Johns about foreclosure.  Please join your neighbors, consumer rights advocates, and foreclosure experts for an informational and community-building meeting.

What:   Community Meeting on Fighting Foreclosure

When:  Today, Thursday, September 15, 2011 at 6:00 p.m.

Where:  St. Johns Community Center
            8427 N. Central St., Portland, OR 97203 (map)

James John Elementary Walk-a-ThonWalkAThon 

In February of this year, a 3rd-grade James John Elementary School student was hit by a car while walking to school. Amazingly, he survived this tragic accident, but he suffered extensive external injuries to his face.  As a result, the elementary school and PTA are coordinating a Walk-a-Thon to raise funds for his reconstructive surgeries and costly medical bills and to raise awareness about pedestrian safety. Partners of the Walk-a-Thon include Safe Routes to Schools, the Portland Police and the Portland Fire Department.  Making St. Johns a safe place for everyone to walk and bike safely to school and local commerce is important for the vitality of our community.

What:   James John Elementary School Walk-a-Thon

When:  Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at 9:30am

Where:  James John Elementary School
            7439 N. Charleston Ave., Portland, OR 97203 (map)
To make a donation to the students' medical bills, please send a check made payable to James John PTA, 7439 N. Charleston Ave., Portland, OR 97203 and the PTA will mail you a tax-deductible receipt.  For more information, please contact Katie Selby, PTA Secretary, at (503) 756-8436.   

As always, it's an honor to serve you and our community in the Oregon Legislature.  Please keep in touch.

Best wishes,
 Tina's Signature 

Thursday, September 08, 2011

September Neighborhood Meeting Agenda

Monday, September 12, 2011

7 PM @ Columbia Pioneer School
716 N. Marine Dr., Portland, OR


West Hayden Island Report

Plan Fall Clean Up

Local Police and Safety Issues

What is happening with The Bridgeton Promenade and The Columbia River Crossing Project
The Help
Local Flood Designation Issues

Friday, September 02, 2011

It's "spray the levee" time again!

If you looked in the BNA boxes on the road you might have seen the flyers that were left by the Drainage District - but if I had not been alerted - I would not even have looked!

So I am alerting the readers of this blog!

The Drainage District has contracted with C&R Reforestation to cut and treat the levee. The cutting was done back in July and it's now time to apply the herbicide.

The spraying is to happen on or around September 12th and notifications signs are to be posted 48 hours before the spraying and removed 48 hours after the spraying. If you remember from last year, the signs were rather small and just stuck in the ground on the levee side of the street.

And, personally, I believe it is safer to keep your pets away from that side of the Street for the 48 hours post spraying.

[Supposedly the info about the Garlon is on the MCDD website [] under "hot topics" but I could not find it - maybe it's just not there yet.]