Clark County assessor concerned with tolls

Clark County Assessor Peter Van Nortwick spoke at Tuesday’s county commissioner meeting to share his worries over the tolling component of the Columbia River Crossing project.

Clark County Assessor Peter Van Nortwick

Clark County Assessor Peter Van Nortwick

Van Nortwick didn’t outright say he was in favor of commissioners approving a resolution to oppose the CRC, which they did, and he didn’t fully come out against the project either.

What he did say was that he doesn’t support the project unless he sees some more information.

“Until the CRC does an in-depth study on the impact to property values and the impact on revenues for our taxing districts, I do not have sufficient information to support a bridge with a tolling component,” Van Nortwick said.

Click the image to download Van Nortwick's letter.

Click the image to download Van Nortwick’s letter.

It might look like Van Nortwick is backing into an anti-CRC stance here, but his comments are consistent with his 2010 campaign stance that government projects, such as the CRC, should be required to inform property owners know how the project will affect their values.

To check out the full text of Van Nortwick’s comments to the commissioners, click the link to the right.

Erik Hidle

Erik Hidle

Erik Hidle covers Clark County government for The Columbian. He can be followed on facebook at, on Twitter at @col_clarkgov or contacted by email at

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