Clackamas County Board sets road funding advisory vote in May; public invited to comment Feb. 18

From: Ellen Rogalin, Clackamas County Department of Transportation & Development, 503-742-4274

Media and Interested Parties

In response to the continuing road funding crisis in Clackamas County, on Feb. 9 the Board of County Commissioners approved placing up to three advisory votes on the May 17 ballot.

The public is invited to comment to commissioners on the advisory votes at the Feb. 18 weekly Business Meeting at 6 p.m. at the county Public Services Building, fourth floor, 2051 Kaen Road in Oregon City.

The board is proposing advisory votes related to the following options for future possible requests to establish a local source of funding for maintenance of the county's 1,400 miles of roads:

  • A countywide $25/vehicle/year, seven-year vehicle registration fee (VRF);
  • The combination of a countywide 3-cent gas tax and a $5/vehicle/year VRF for five years; and
  • A more general question about voters' understanding on how roads are funded and/or willingness to support a local funding source for roads.

The board is agreed that any options put forward would be for a limited time and would include a list of the specific maintenance and safety projects that would be accomplished with the funds generated.

In order to have one or more measures placed on the May ballot, the ballot questions must be submitted to the Clackamas County Clerk no later than Feb. 26. After hearing from the public on Feb. 18, the board is expected to discuss the advisory questions further at a policy session Feb. 23 and then take final action at the business meeting on Feb. 25.

More information about the need for additional funding for road maintenance is available at www.TheRoadAhead.us.

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