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Clark County light rail measure going down

Clark County voters were defeating C-TRAN's proposed sale tax to fund its share of the operation of the light rail line across the Columbia River Crossing in early returns.

Defeat of the measure could throw the fate of the project into doubt. All partner governments have said light rail is a necessary part of the new I-5 bridge between Oregon and Washington.

The first figures to be released showed Proposition 1 trailing with 43.7 percent of the vote. It would increase the local sales tax by 0.1%, or one penny on a ten dollar purchase, in order to fund the operations and maintenance cost for line through downtown Vancouver, and the local share to build and help operate and maintain a Fourth Plain bus rapid transit project between downtown Vancouver and Westfield Vancouver Mall.

If the measure is defeated, the C-TRAN Board of Directors may discuss whether or not to pursue other funding options to fund these projects in coming months.