Tigard light rail vote still too close to call

Tigard Mayor John Cook not surprised by the closeness

Kevin LaRocca, who has lived in North Portland for two years, steps off a light-rail train near the Killingsworth station. Undated photo. (Jaime Valdez/Portland Tribune)
Kevin LaRocca, who has lived in North Portland for two years, steps off a light-rail train near the Killingsworth station. Undated photo. (Jaime Valdez/Portland Tribune)

TIGARD, Ore. (KOIN) — A week after the election, the voters’ decision in Tigard whether to expand the light rail system remains too close to call.

Although the tally is outside the margin of a recount, the final vote won’t be official until November 28.

Tigard Mayor John Cook told KOIN 6 News he’s not surprised the vote is so close.

“We’re not surprised at the closeness of it,” he told KOIN 6 News. “It shows that people really care and they’re worried what the impacts will be along with the price.”

The city of Tigard sent out a press release the morning after the election that the measure appears to have passed.

Cook supports the Tigard light rail expansion because of what he sees as a huge population growth over the next few years.