Audit: Portland leaders fell short on tax-funded programs

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A city auditor’s report released Tuesday says Portland leaders failed to fully deliver on promises they made to voters as they implemented arts, cannabis, affordable housing, and street repair programs funded by voter-approved taxes and bond measures. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the audit focused on measures and taxes passed in 2016: the 3% tax on recreational marijuana, the $258.4 million affordable housing bond, and the 10-cents-a-gallon tax to raise money to repair roads over the next four years. The audit also analyzed the 7-year-old Portland art tax for schools and nonprofit programs that assesses a $35 charge per resident annually.