Letters of support

"We can no longer delay ..."

We are asking the County Commission to approve a $43 vehicle registration fee to be used only to support road maintenance to make Washington County's roads as safe in the future as they were in the past. If the Legislative Session results in a funding package that will deliver funding equivalent to, or greater than, a County $43 vehicle registration fee, then we ask that the County rescind the fee and let the state package be implemented in its place.  Read complete letter

- Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce

"Gas tax-based revenue is not keeping pace ..."

We recommend that the Board of County Commissioners address the roadway maintenance issues in the County with adequate funding to whatever level is necessary as soon as possible and suggest a Vehicle Registration fee would be a mechanism for that to protect our investment. Read complete letter

- Rural Roads Operations and Maintenance Advisory Committee (RROMAC)

"We urge you to adopt a vehicle registration fee ..."

Ongoing maintenance of our transportation infrastructure makes sense from a safety and financial perspective.It is significantly less expensive and fiscally responsible to maintain the roads, culverts and bridges that we have instead of replacing them if and when they fail. Read complete letter

... consider a $43 vehicle registration fee”

Improving the safety of our roads, bridges and culverts will cost an estimated $201 million by 2026. The County does not have a maintenance funding mechanism to support that need. We are aware that the State Legislature is working to put together a state-wide transportation funding package for the 2017 Legislative Session, and we are extremely hopeful that will happen. However, we are strong in our support that Washington County should position itself to be ready to act in the event those efforts fail.  Read complete letter

- Westside Economic Alliance

"...ensure a well-maintained roadway system"

Several URMDAC members commented that their support of the vehicle registration fee stems from their awareness of the County’s road maintenance program plus the funding challenges. We feel that with that same awareness the public will also support it. Read complete letter

Urban Road Maintenance District Advisory Committee