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Clackamas Voters Want To Approve Light Rail Funding

OPB | Sept. 19, 2012 5:58 a.m. | Portland

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Clackamas County voters want their elected leaders to ask them, before spending money on light rail. That’s the result of Tuesday’s special election.

Unofficial results from Clackamas County indicate about 60 percent of voters approved Measure 3-401. That initiative requires the county to get voter approval for funding rail lines.

But the newly-approved measure is unlikely to affect the county funding for the region’s most visible light rail project: the orange line being built from Portland to south of Milwaukie.

The measure’s author, Eric Winters, says it can’t force TriMet to refund the $19 million Clackamas County already paid for the project, last week.

Winters said, “The measure will, however, require the board of county commissioners to come before the voters if it wants to devote any more resources to Portland-Milwaukie lightrail, or to any other light rail line in the future.”

Light rail may remain a campaign issue into November. Two members of the current Clackamas County commission who support light rail are running against anti-light rail challengers.

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