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City leaders from across region will share legislative priorities

Beaverton hosts public forum to discuss issues of local interest with state legislators

The city of Beaverton, in partnership with the League of Oregon Cities, will host a forum for state and local policy makers from Beaverton, Portland and Tigard on Tuesday, Sept. 9, at noon in the Beaverton Building, 12725 S.W. Millikan Way, as part of City Hall Week.

Beaverton is among 21 cities across Oregon participating from Monday, Sept. 8, through Friday, Sept. 12, to lead discussions with legislators and candidates on issues that support the economic vitality and stability of Oregon communities.

"City officials are intimately aware of the issues that impact their communities," said Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle. "City Hall Week helps ensure that local voices gain the attention of legislators and candidates."

During the forum, city officials, state lawmakers and legislative candidates will share ideas and perspectives prior to the 2015 legislative session.

Discussions will focus on property tax reform, transportation funding, marijuana regulations, protecting city rights-of-way authority and enhancing mental health resources.

Cities are urging the legislature to:

• Reform Oregon's property tax system;

• Pass a comprehensive transportation funding and policy package;

• Clarify and enhance public safety and local control related to marijuana;

• Oppose legislation that would preempt the ability of cities to manage and receive compensation for the use of the public rights of way; and

• Support increased resources across the state for people with mental health issues, especially in crisis situations.

City Hall Week represents a proactive approach to raising awareness of critical issues affecting local jurisdictions.

This event is open to the public. If you would like to attend, RSVP with Lani Parr at lparr@beavertonoregon.gov or 503-526-2243 by noon on Monday, Sept. 8.

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