Mayor Cook, members of the Council,
Tonight, on behalf of the citizens of Tigard, our group, Tigard First! Is making a formal complaint to you, our elected representatives, regarding the street widening project at 72nd and Dartmouth, which you will be considering in this meeting.
By allocating City Gas Tax funds for this project, you are in violation of the Tigard Municipal Code, which states that Gas Tax money will be spent according to a priority list determined by the Tigard Transportation Advisory Committee. This project was not on the list for this fiscal year, and by going ahead with the project, you are depriving the city's neighborhoods of needed improvements which we have been patiently waiting for you to address.
This project is simply another cave-in to Walmart, helping to insure that the 7000 additional cars, which will visit the store every single day, will find their way into the parking lot with a minimum of inconvenience. Meanwhile, the people of the city continue to have to walk in ditches, or the roads for lack of sidewalks. We deserve better.
Mr Ramis, we are asking you to investigate our allegations, and take corrective action to bring the city's actions into compliance with the city code. We are also asking for an audit of how city gas tax funds have been used since the tax was implemented. We are asking you to do you jobs and act in the best interests of the taxpayers of this city.
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