West Linn-Wilsonville School District wants $6.5 million, not $120,000, for Oppenlander

The city of West Linn will ask voters to purchase the 10-acre Oppenlander property in a May bond vote.

A gulf of nearly $6.4 million in appraisal valuations for athletic fields the West Linn-Wilsonville School District plans to sell the city of West Linn has put the two governmental partners seemingly at odds. And, if no compromise is reached, the matter could wind up in court. Though the city of West Linn has not decided on a price to put on a May bond ballot for the purchase of Oppenlander fields, the West Linn-Wilsonville School Board agreed Feb. 9 that it wants $6.5 million for the property if voters approve the bond measure.

The board passed a resolution at their Feb. 9 meeting to insert the $6.5 million purchase price into the purchase and sale agreement in place of language designating the property as park land.