OREGON CITY, Ore. -- Clackamas County commissioners approved a $22.6 million settlement agreement to pay for its share of the Portland-Milwaukie light rail extension.

As first reported by KGWnews partner The Oregonian, commissioners also authorized the sale of bonds to pay for the $19.9 million the county must pay the TriMet transit agency by Oct. 10.

The renegotiated deal with TriMet is less than the $25 million commissioners previously agreed to contribute to the $1.5 billion project, Clackamas County spokesman Tim Heider said.

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County leaders held a public hearing on the matter Wednesday night.

One opponent said the citizens of Clackamas County did not come to a consensus on the project.

I feel like you just are cramming this down our throats because you feel the deal won't go through if you don't work on this, Yvonne Lazarus said at the meeting.

Proponents said it's an important catalyst for business in Clackamas County.

Opponents are gearing up for a special election in which voters will decide whether their approval is needed before officials can spend money to finance, design, construct or operate any rail lines in the county.

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