HILLSBORO, Ore. (KOIN) -- Drivers in Washington County could end up paying more than anyone else in the state of Oregon in vehicle registration fees under a proposal to raise millions of dollars for road repair.
Several mayors and city councillors in Washington County voted this week to recommend county commissioners consider the new fee to help pay for needed repair to 1300 miles of city and rural roads.
The new fee of $43 would be on top of the current state registration fee of $43, plus the $21 for DEQ testing. That's a total of $107 per year.
Multnomah County is the only other county in the state with its own vehicle registration fee -- $19 a year to help pay for the Sellwood Bridge.
In Washington County, city leaders from Hillsboro, Beaverton and Forest Grove are in favor of urging county commissioners to approve the fee without taking it to a public vote first.
Some drivers told KOIN 6 News off-camera they would consider registering their car in another county if the fee goes through.
The Washington County Board of Commissioners will make a final decision within the next few months whether to refer this proposed tax hike to the voters.
The record-setting cold temperatures continues to grip Oregon, freezing and bursting pipes, keeping cars from starting and forcing administrators to announce closures on Sunday.
Citing nearly a foot of snow and frigid temperatures, officials from Oregon State University announced their main campus will be closed on Monday -- even though it is the first day of finals week.
A Multnomah County deputy who stopped on the Fremont Bridge to help a disabled motorist was injured when a car lost control on an icy spot and hit the guard rail.
Police cars were damaged in two separate incidents when drivers ran into them, one by a suspected drunk driver, the other by a man fleeing in stolen car.