Saving Taxpayers Money, Keeping Household Transportation Costs Low

Savings Taxpayers Money on Lower Infrastructure Costs

New development on previously undeveloped land on the outer edges of cities and towns requires costly new roads, sewer systems, and utility lines. Sprawling development also increases the cost of providing public services like police, fire, transit and schools.

Better planning and compact development like Cool Communities can save tax dollars spent on infrastructure in our communities, allowing the community to put those dollars toward other priorities.

Our 2013 report, More Extensive Is More Expensive, reviews the challenging burden of sprawl-related infrastructure costs and what Oregon communities can do to climb out. With state and local governments facing billions in unfunded infrastructure maintenance needs, now is the time to stop digging the hole deeper. Read the report at

Lower Transportation Costs for Oregon Households

Transportation costs are usually the second highest household expense after mortgage or rent. So saving money on transportation can really help Oregonians, especially in difficult economic times.

Many studies have shown that compact urban development saves households money because they spend less of their income on transportation. Families that had two cars find they can get along with one. Living in neighborhoods where residents can walk, bike or take transit allow them to drive less.

1000 Friends will continue to advocate for these kinds of communities throughout Oregon.

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