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Sides form, cash flows for Tigard ballot measure

Proposal could impact entire county

Sides are lining up on the March 11 ballot measure that would require a public vote for any new high-capacity transit line to be built through Tigard.

Most of the money in support of Ballot Measure 34-210 has come from the Oregon Transformation Project, a political action committee that opposed light rail and supported conservative politicians in Clackamas County. Money opposing the measure has come from a variety of sources, including public officials, labor organizations and business associations.

Voter’s Pamplet arguments in favor of Ballot Measure 34-210 have been filed by co-chief petitioners Art Crino and Tim Esau; attorney Eric Winters; and Tigard residents Andy Bergman, Joe Jumalon and Gordon Fiddes. The OTPspent $1,600 on the pages.

Arguments in opposition have been filed by all members of the Tigard City Council; former Tigard mayors Tom Brian, John E. Cook, Craig Dirksen and Jack Schwab; the Tigard Chamber of Commerce; Westside Economic Alliance; the Oregon Environmental Council; Move Oregon; former Oregon Gov. Barbara Roberts; and numerous Tigard residents and business owners.

The supporters have not yet formed a campaign committee. Opponents have received $2,800. Donors include the Shiels Obletz Johnson consulting firm that helps administer transit programs in Portland and the Local 48 Electricians PAC.

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