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Other States are facing transportation funding problems... Diversion concerns... and "What's in Your Wallet?"
Article 1 - Michigan is said to be looking for $1 Billion dollars a year in order to repair their roads and infrastructure. With a dwindling gas tax, as their main source of revenue, Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is looking at an Road Usage Charge (RUC). This is similar to Oregon’s Vehicle Mileage Tax (VMT) that has been in use, on a voluntary basis, for the past few years.
To say we might not want tolling means we need a solution to funding our maintenance and infrastructure. Is a RUC or VMT the answer? It is definitely equitable.
Article 2 - The Lake Oswego City Council chimed in and called out ODOT earlier this month. Concerns of traffic diversion on Stafford, McVey and Rosemont along with Hwy 43 are of major concern. ODOT’s Mandy Putney was quoted as saying, “Our analysis shows that there are limited impacts…”
Lake Oswego is one of the border cities to the I-205 tolling project, grouped in with Oregon City, Gladstone, West Linn and Tualatin. Diversion looks to dissect many of these cities and the neighborhoods in the near future.
Article 3 - We have stated before, ODOT needs money for maintenance and road improvements. The question is, where does that money come from?
On today’s economic horizon there is much uncertainty and fear. We need to be prudent with how we spend our money and where. Considering ODOT wants a minimal $650 to $2,200 annually for the local business commuter we thought we would raise the banner of “what another bill” might look like for today’s family.
This is a study on how many consumers are living paycheck-to-paycheck. Note too that this article is from August 2022… before higher interest rates and further economic concerns.
Article 4 - This is the link to the Environmental Assessment. Note that you have to scroll down a little for the EA and the Appendix’s are below that.