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Vehicle registration fee campaign raises cash.

Byline: Christian Wihtol The Register-Guard

The campaign for a Lane County vehicle registration fee isn't exactly a high-profile affair, but that doesn't mean no money is being spent on it.

Advocates for the fee have spent nearly $15,000 on ads and other promotional material, according to filings of the Lane Citizens for Safe Roads political action committee. Most of the money has come from gravel mining and construction companies. The vehicle registration fee would be used for road and bridge repair and maintenance.

Also, Lane County government has spent $23,339 on ads that provide facts and other information about the fee. Under state law, such ads can contain objective information but cannot advocate for a measure.

The county said it has spent $5,730 on print ads, $17,509 on radio ads and $100 on online ads.

There is no organized opposition to the registration fee measure, which is on the May 19 ballot.

Major donors to Lane Citizens for Safe Roads include the Lane County government public works union, $5,000; Lane County gravel mine owner and road builder Wildish Land Co. of Eugene, $2,000; bridge builder Hamilton Construction of Springfield, $2,000; former Eugene Mayor Brian Obie, $1,250; and Springfield-based Aggregate Resource Crushing, a provider of blasting and rock-crushing services that also owns the Bradford Quarry near Creswell, $1,000.

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Title Annotation:Elections; The county has spent $23,339 on informational ads, and fee proponents have spent nearly $15,000
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:May 6, 2015
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