Voters say no to Clackamas TriMet expansion funding

FILE - A TriMet ticket station. Undated photo. (KOIN 6 News)
FILE - A TriMet ticket station. Undated photo. (KOIN 6 News)

MILWAUKIE, Ore. (KOIN) — Voters in Clackamas County have voted down one of two measures that would allow county resources for a TriMet light rail expansion.

Measures 3-424 and 3-425 would authorize money to help pay for the expansion and sell a strip of land, respectively.

With 100% of the votes tallied on 3-424, 56% of voters said no to expansion funding. On 3-425, voters — in a different part of the county — went ahead and approved the property exchange with TriMet.

Regardless of the outcome of the vote, Clackamas County is contractually obligated to sell the land and provide $25 million for the Portland-Milwaukie light rail project.

In the end, “The County will still make road and signal improvements near the Park Avenue Station, and it is just common sense for the small portion of the Trolley Trail to be sold to TriMet,” wrote Positively Clackamas, which described itself as a non-partisan political action committee, in a news release. “The ballot title said the measure was advisory, so let’s stop the nonsense and just get on with completing the project.”

KOIN 6 News will continue to follow this story.

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