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Andy Holthouse of Oregon City: 'Clackamas County residents have previously voted down vehicle-registration fee...'

As I write this, I wish we had picked up the Feb. 20 copy of Oregon City News earlier.

On its front page was an article written by your reporter Emily Lindstrand about a new fee Clackamas County commissioners imposed on residents who own motor vehicles. The article said there was a public meeting held on Feb. 21 to vote on this new vehicle fee. This fee added $30 a year to the renewal fees of each registered vehicle in the county.

Supposedly there were other meetings about this new tax held in various locations, but I don't recall hearing about them. (Editor's note: Another article about this proposal was printed on page A2 of the Feb. 4 newspaper.)

I do not support raising vehicle renewal fees above what they are today. They are already too high, and as the article says, Clackamas County residents have previously voted down vehicle-registration-fee and gas-tax increases several times. We had that luxury because those proposals were on the ballot. Alas, the Clackamas County commissioners have taken a cue from Washington and Multnomah county commissioners to do an end-run around the voters once again to raise taxes.

Being retired and on fixed incomes means having to watch monthly budgets carefully, and any new tax increase makes it all the more difficult. When you're on a flat income, as my wife and I are, these tax increases are painful.

Andy Holthouse

Oregon City

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