Multnomah County Commission considers plan to spend millions in unspent homeless services tax

Jessica Vega Pederson

County Chair Jessica Vega Pederson, pictured, said the plan was the product of weeks of negotiations between staff at the county and Metro. Commissioner Sharon Meieran, however, said she felt the corrective spending plan was created in secret without engaging the board.

A plan aimed at rectifying Multnomah County’s slow spending of tax money to tackle homelessness drew pushback from several county commissioners Thursday who said they should have had more say in developing the proposal.

The county underspent its homeless services tax dollars last fiscal year by $44 million, according to updated figures provided by the county Thursday. The board must still vote on how to spend $17 million of that $44 million.

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