Oregon

 

REP. SAL ESQUIVEL

STATE REPRESENTATIVE

HOUSE DISTRICT 6

 

For Immediate Release

Friday, April 26, 2013

Contact: Rep. Sal Esquivel, 503-986-1406

 

Housing Authority Appraisal Transparency Bill Passes Oregon House

 

Salem, OR—A bill intended to bring greater transparency to processes involving properties purchased with public dollars passed through the Oregon House of Representatives.

 

Sponsored by Rep. Sal Esquivel (R-Medford), House Bill 3013 passed the House on a unanimous 60-0 vote on Tuesday, April 23. It excludes real estate appraisals submitted to a housing authority or obtained by a Housing and Community Services Department from public records disclosure exemption.

 

HB 3013 was inspired by the controversy surrounding the Cherry Creek Development in Medford. After the property was purchased by the Jackson County Housing Authority, neighbors wanted to see the appraisal that had previously been done on it, but were unable to obtain that information.

 

“This was done with public money,” Rep. Esquivel said. “Once the transaction was closed, there was no reason to conceal it, but the housing authority still refused to divulge that information. That situation put them all in a bad light, because it was not transparent or in the open.”

 

HB 3013 is now on its way to the Senate.

 

To view a video of Rep. Esquivel’s floor speech about HB 3013, go to

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uA-nyQ8HAjE&feature=youtu.be

 

Rep. Sal Esquivel has represented the Medford area in the Legislature since 2003. Prior to that, he served for over seven years on the Medford City Council.

 

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