Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Oregonian Finally Reports on "Light Rail Ballot Measure Effort"

To all COLA LO members,

The Oregonian Finally reported that a citizens initiative has been submitted to Clackamas County to gather signatures to require a VOTE on all light rail expenditures in the county.   

The citizen driven initiative comes after success on ballot measures in May and November to limit taxes/fees and require a countywide vote on both fees and urban renewal districts.   

The article can be found at the following:   Light Rail Vote?

How this vote would impact the Portland- LO Streetcar project is of concern in the community.    If approved it may prevent any county level participation in the project without a county wide vote.  

Its clear though that voters in the county want to vote on any major expenditures for light rail rather than have the county commissioner's approve it.   It will be interesting to see if this citizen initiative receives sufficient signatures to be on the ballot and how the outcome of the vote will be if it does.

Please notify all members, contacts, and friends. 

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