County settles on car registration price tag

Money from $24 annual fee would help replace Sellwood Bridge

Multnomah County commissioners have settled on a price tag for their bridge-funding measure planned for the May 20 ballot: a $24 annual increase in car registration fees.

The money would be earmarked to replace the Sellwood Bridge and make other improvements to the county's six Willamette River bridges.

In past weeks, county officials had talked about creating a local vehicle registration fee, with voter approval, costing between $15 to $27 a year. Now they have fixed the amount at $24 a year for 20 years.

The county will take the proposal out to the community for feedback, and to begin developing support for an expected vote on the fee increase.

Four town halls are scheduled to brief the public on the plan for a bridge safety fund:

• Thursday, Jan. 31, 6 to 8 p.m., Multnomah County East, Sharron Kelley Room, 600 N.E. Eighth St., Gresham.

• Monday, Feb. 4, 6 to 8 p.m., Midland Library, 805 S.E. 122nd Ave., Portland.

• Monday, Feb. 11, 6 to 8 p.m., Multnomah County Building boardroom, 501 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd., Portland.

• Tuesday, Feb. 19, 6 to 8 p.m., North Portland Health Clinic, 9000 N. Lombard St., Portland.