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PORTLAND -- Starting Wednesday, Multnomah County residents will pay a $19 annual fee whenever vehicle registrations are renewed or a new vehicle purchased.

The money will go towards the cost of replacing the 84-year-old Sellwood Bridge.

The fee will be assessed via the DMV, if changing addresses or purchasing a vehicle, or at a DEQ inspection station when renewing a registration. There is a separate assessment for large trucks.

The fee will be in effect for an estimated 20 years, the amount of time thought to be needed to pay off construction bonds. It is expected to raise about $127 million over that time span.

County commissioners were able to assess the tax after the 2009 legislature passed enabling legislation signed into law by Gov. Ted Kulongoski.

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