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Preliminary artist's rendering show what a planned $313 million courthouse in Oregon City. It would be the first in Oregon financed by a public-private partnership. It is designed to face east to showcase views of Mount Hood. (Photo courtesy of Clackamas County government.)

Clackamas County officials plan to build a $313 million courthouse, even though its ballooning costs will require “painful” cuts to the rest of the county’s budget. And they’re taking an unusual approach to funding and operating it: a 30-year public-private partnership with a multinational investment firm.