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Friday, March 29, 2013

Why can't TriMet just get along with Clackamas County on light rail?

The lack of valid public input has been exposed repeatedly by public votes that show an overwhelming lack of public support. Here is a list of Clackamas rejections of TriMet's plans.
Twice, in 1996 and 1998 elections, Clackamas voters rejected funding light-rail projects.
In 2011, 63 percent of Clackamas voters rejected the Sellwood Bridge vehicle registration fee, from which Portland Mayor Sam Adams promised to divert $20 million to the Milwaukie light-rail project.
In 2011, 70 percent of Clackamas voters blocked the use of urban renewal funding, which had been proposed to finance the Milwaukie light-rail project.
In 2012, 60 percent of Clackamas County voters passed Measure 3-401, to require a public vote on all future light-rail spending decisions by county commissioners.
Last November, Clackamas voters replaced two county commissioners who saddled us with $20 million of light-rail debt with new commissioners who promised to take future light-rail decisions to the voters. 

Read the rest of this editorial  HERE!

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