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Lyneil Vandermolen: Clackamas County 'big spenders want to build an outrageously expensive new government building while others stand empty'

Although four of the five Clackamas County commissioners voted to spent our tax money until the county is effectively broke, they now want to build a new $233 million courthouse. All they require to receive matching funds from state tPlanned location of new courthouse in Oregon City between two current Clackamas County buildings on Red Soils campus.axpayers is to squeeze the other half out of Clackamas County residents. They already have $31.5 million allocated from the legislature just for the planning stage of this boondoggle. Think of how many potholes that would have filled!

Their obsessive spending helped raise my property tax by $800 last year. The majority of the commissioners seem to have no understanding of economics, and they treat taxpayers like unlimited funding sources.

Meanwhile a previous Clackamas County commissioner, Tootie Smith, has a better idea — move the current court into the vacant Sears building at Clackamas Town Center using the current state allocation. Sheriff Craig Roberts endorses the idea.

Tootie Smith saved the taxpayers money before when she helped Justice of the Peace Karen Brisben create a small court in a strip mall behind the JC Penney building, using money saved from traffic fines. By contrast, our current big spenders want to build an outrageously expensive new government building while others stand empty. I'm glad Tootie Smith is running for county commissioner again. We need another adult in the room.

Lyneil Vandermolen

Unincorporated Clackamas County

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