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Surveys indicate roads a high priority

Washington County residents believe maintaining the existing road system should be the county’s top priority, according to two recent surveys.

Residents also appear open to a county motor vehicle registration fee to help pay the maintenance costs, an idea being considered by the Washington County Commission, the surveys found.

State law allows the commission to impose a fee of up to $43 per vehicle every two years with or without a vote of the people. Forty percent of the funds must be shared with cities in the county. The commission could make a decision by September.

The surveys were conducted via a scientific poll by DHM Research and a non-scientific web-based poll conducted through the county’s Westside Voices website.

In the DHM telephone survey of 400 randomly selected residents, when asked to pick their top transportation priority, 65 percent of respondents gave the highest rating to the statement, “Maintain existing roads and highways.”

In the Westside Voices survey, 79 percent of respondents chose “Maintain existing roads and highways” as their top priority. Many respondents also said they would support a motor vehicle registration fee to help pay maintenance costs, although some said taxes were already too high.

More information on a potential vehicle registration fee can be found at co.washington.or.us/vrf.

— Jim Redden



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