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Why not pay our fair share?

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To the Editor:

I am a Clackamas County resident and I voted yes on 3-372. Not because I use the Sellwood Bridge every day, even though I do. It's because I recognize and accept that ALL of Clackamas County is part of the metropolitan area and that we need to do our part in taking care of the infrastructure of the whole area, whether one uses the bridge or not.

Sellwood Bridge connects Clackamas County to Portland. The majority of traffic over the bridge flows in and out of this county, including Milwaukie, Oregon City, Clackamas, Estacada and Molalla. Multnomah County should not bear the entire financial burden.

I don't use Highway 212 or 213, and I rarely use Highway 43. But as a county and state taxpayer, I pay for them. I pay for them because I choose to live in a metropolitan area that needs everyone to maintain and keep traffic moving. Five dollars a year was all Clackamas County residents would have to pay to maintain their fair share of use and abuse of the Sellwood bridge. If Milwaukie and Oregon City want to draw people into their areas to help their own economies, then they should help fix and maintain the one bridge that they need most.

If county residents choose not to pay their share over and over again, thinking it's not their responsibility, they should move out of the metro area.

Jennifer Smith

Milwaukie