Duyck bucks trend, opposes affordable housing bond
Washington County Chair Andy Duyck is the first elected official to actively campaign against Measure 26-199, the $652.8 million affordable housing bond that Metro has referred to the November 2018 ballot.
Duyck, who leaves office at the end of this year, has signed a fundraising letter for the committee opposing the measure, Affordable Housing for WHO? He also is lining up speaking engagements against it between now and Election Day.
"If you look at the polling, affordable housing gets a warm and fuzzy response. But if you start talking about increasing property taxes for government-supported housing, it goes down the toilet," said Duyck, who believes Metro is not qualified to sponsor a measure that he says will not produce enough additional housing — up to 3,900 more units — to make much of a difference.
Duyck also says he has heard from other local elected officials who oppose the measure but are afraid to speak out against it because of the popularity of affordable housing. Duyck says he's not worried about that because he didn't run for re-election.
Many elected officials in the region already have endorsed Metro's affordable housing bond.
The entire Clackamas Board of County Commissioners endorsed the measure before it was even finalized.
The campaign committee, Yes for Affordable Housing, was founded by Metro President and former Hillsboro Mayor Tom Hughes. The committee in favor of the measure has reported raising more than $132,000, so far.
The group includes several other notable members, including Metro President Tom Hughes, Metro President-Elect Lynn Peterson and Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler.
Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle has signed a letter in support of the measure, along with Milwaukie Mayor Mike Gamba.
Opponents of the plan have raised a little more than $7,500. Nearly all of that money — about $6,500 — came from Duyck.