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Clackamas County loans funds to new Government Camp special road district for snow removal before first levy in November 2013

Clackamas County is providing $20,000 for sidewalk and snow removal in Government Camp as a bridge loan until revenues from a newly-formed special district start coming in later this year.

Voters in Government Camp in November 2012 approved the establishment of a special road district to maintain all public roads, roadside drainage, sidewalk snow removal, street lighting and signage.

But since the first levy isn't scheduled until November 2013, the road district board sought county assistance to deal with its average 300 inches of annual snowfall until the levy moneys are available. The county loan comes with no interest and is payable from future levy proceeds.

The new road district is expected to raise about $65,000 in its first year, based on an assessment of 40 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value on area owners.  It is managed by a board made up of local residents Ed Rogers, Ulla Brunnette and Hans Wipper.

The community of Government Camp has seen more than 40 major infrastructure improvement projects in recent years, thanks primarily to an urban renewal district in place since 1989 .  That district resulted in new and improved streetscapes, drainage, lighting, building facades, fire protection, sanitary sewers and tourist facilities.

For more information, contact Dave Queener, 503-742-4322 or davidque@clackamas.us.

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