Washington County might discount a voter-approved tax increase for new-home developers

Thu, Jun 4 2009 — Source: Oregon Live

A development tax that Washington County voters overwhelmingly approved in November might fall victim — temporarily — to the economic downturn.

The tax would pay for road and transit improvements around the county, aiming to relieve congestion caused by new development. Currently developers pay a traffic-impact fee that covers 14percent of those costs, while the public covers the rest. Under the new transportation-development tax, developers would pay roughly 28percent of future costs.