Portland has neglected to take care of its city roads, according to a new audit.
The independent audit revealed that over a third of the city's roads are in poor condition and getting worse by the day. The longer the city waits to fix them, the larger the bill will grow for taxpayers.
According to the audit, there are about 5,000 miles of roads that wind through the city of Portland, and well over a third of those are in need of repair.
The audit blames the City Council and the Portland Bureau of Transportation for not keeping on top of repairs, allowing the cost of repairs to soar for taxpayers in future years.
The report goes on to say that roads have been a low priority for the city, and that Portland has not devoted enough money to keep the streets in decent condition.
The auditor's office estimates it would cost $750 million over the next 10 years to meet street maintenance targets.
According tothe audit, the city would need to spend an estimated $60 million this year, which is six times current road maintenance spending, just to keep roads from getting worse.
The bureau estimates it would cost $85 million a year for 10 years to get all the city's roads up to proper levels, which is more than eight times the current spending levels.
The Portland Bureau of Transportation released a statement today from Interim Director John Widmer. Widmer said he understands the importance of taking care of what we have before investing in something new.
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