Noting “significant adverse impacts” that Columbia River Crossing tolls would have on residents, Clark County Board of Commissioners Chairman Marc Boldt wrote state officials this week, requesting they create a local tolling advisory committee to help set rates.
In the letter, written Monday on behalf of all three county commissioners, Boldt appears to fire a warning shot — saying that some toll “exemptions may be necessary to create parity” for the estimated 60,000 Clark County commuters who work in Oregon.
Boldt said in an interview Tuesday that he and the board also are against tolling the project before construction is finished.
The letter was sent to the chairman of the Washington State Transportation Commission, a governor-appointed board that sets the tolling rates for all projects statewide. A toll must first be approved by the Legislature; the Legislature approved tolling for the CRC this year.
“The county would like to work with the commission to create a tolling system that offers some relief to our citizens and commuters,” Boldt wrote, noting that those who work in Oregon are also forced to pay that state’s income tax.