Another car fee for Washington County?

A road under repair in the Portland metro area (KOIN 6 News, file)
A road under repair in the Portland metro area (KOIN 6 News, file)

HILLSBORO, Wash. (KOIN 6) — Washington County commissioners could approve a plan on Tuesday that would have vehicle owners in the county pay an added registration fee.

But Chairman Andy Duyck told KOIN 6 News he’s changed his mind and he thinks this plan should go to a public vote.

But, he said, he’s not the only one making this decision.

The proposal is a vehicle registration fee of $30 per year — to raise $12.8 million a year — that will be used to pay for a $10 million deferred maintenance need.

The county board discussed pushing this through without a public vote. But Duyck changed his mind and is hopeful the voters will get to weigh in.

“I intend to, myself, vote for putting it on the ballot for the public to make the decision,” he said.

That’s what voters like Esteban Lara want.

“I think it should go to the ballot. That way everyone gets to vote on it,” Lara said.

Duyck understands how residents are tired of ever-increasing fees.

“Oh, there is no doubt they get sick of it. I don’t like paying more, either,” the chair said.

The Washington County board will hold a final public hearing at 10 a.m. Tuesday before making their decision.

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