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Yesterday’s election results

The results from the May 17 2011 election are in, and here’s how transport and land use issues fared.

The results from yesterday’s election are in, and here’s how transport and land use issues fared.

  • Clackamas County voters rejected the $5 license fee surcharge to replace the Sellwood Bridge, 63-37. Opponents of the levy hailed this as a victory of suburban values over urban ones (“in Clackamas County, we drive cars”)–even though the primary users of the new bridge (as well as the current one) would be automobiles. Multnomah County officials stated that they would look at other options, including deleting the big interchange with OR43 on the west end–a design feature which has been roundly criticized, but on which quite a bit of state funding is conditioned.
  • Voters in the city of Damascus rejected their comprehensive plan.
  • In Washington County, voters in the North Bethany area north of Beaverton approved a permanent tax levy to help fund the area’s transportation needs.

Thoughts and comments? In particular, what ought to be next for the Sellwood Bridge replacement?