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Washington County board OKs stand-by vehicle fee

Amount will be assessed in mid-2018 if state fails to raise aid for road and bridge work.

Washington County car and truck owners will face a stand-by local vehicle registration fee in addition to their statewide fee.

But as Washington County commissioners approved it Tuesday night (Sept. 20), the local fee will take effect in mid-2018 only if state lawmakers fail to raise $8.1 million more for work on county-maintained roads and bridges.

Lawmakers visited Hillsboro the previous day as part of their effort to develop funding recommendations for their 2017 session.

“We have a fallback position in the county if the state does not come through with funding,” said Hillsboro resident Blaine Ackley, who noted that a recent weight-limitation notice on a county bridge will affect him directly.

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