No vote on fees

Multnomah County may be able to raise car fees without voter approval.

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Section 40 of Oregon’s transportation bill will change the way Multnomah County handles raising vehicle registration fees. The bill gives the county permission to raise the fees without jurisdiction or voter approval. It’s an opportunity the county has been waiting for as it plans to repair the Sellwood Bridge.

The transportation bill, which passed the Senate last week and awaits Gov. Ted Kulongoski’s signature, represents an $890 million package that designates $24 million to upgrade the Interstate 84 interchange at Troutdale, among numerous other projects.

Section 40 of the bill appears to specifically benefit Multnomah County government in its long-running quest to fund the repair or replacement of the decrepit Sellwood Bridge and five other Willamette River spans.

Read the full article in The Gresham Outlook.

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