Why a County Vehicle Fee?

In 2009, the Board of County Commissioners adopted a county vehicle registration fee. The money raised from this fee was dedicated to fund the replacement of the Sellwood Bridge.

Since then, the fee has brought in more money than expected. Current and future revenues are expected to provide more than enough funding to pay off the Sellwood Bridge bonds on schedule.

Our 20-year plan for the Willamette River bridges places a high priority on a Burnside crossing that can withstand a major earthquake. A Burnside Bridge failure would cut off a lifeline route that connects the entire metro area. Lifeline routes help police, fire trucks and ambulances respond, help families and loved ones reunite, and help our economy recover after a major earthquake.

In 2018, the county board voted to allow the vehicle fee to be used to fund other vital Willamette River Bridge projects. We will continue to pay off the Sellwood Bridge bonds on schedule. The fee will also be able to fund the environmental review phase of the Earthquake Ready Burnside Bridge project.

The vehicle registration fee is unchanged at $19 per year. It will continue to pay off the Sellwood Bridge, and it will also bring us closer to a Burnside crossing that can withstand a major earthquake by the mid 2020’s.

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