Portland to delay stadium financing until after stadium is complete?

The Portland city council is set to vote tomorrow on an agreement with Timbers owner Merritt Paulson to convert PGE Park to soccer-only, and inveterate blogger Bojack notes something odd about the deal: The city would apparently hold off on issuing bonds to pay for the renovation until the construction is already complete, instead using a short-term line of credit to pay initial costs, then later deciding whether to pay them off with bonds or cash. Bojack says that as a result, “Portland taxpayers won’t get to see (or pass on) the terms of the mortgage until after the stadium project is finished” — and, more important, wouldn’t have the opportunity to file a petition challenge to the bonds, because the project would already be complete by then. Tomorrow should be an interesting city council meeting.

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