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Tribe Wants Help Funding CityLink

Item: The rising cost of Citylink's success: Coeur d'Alene Tribe asks other agencies to get on board with transit funding/Brian Walker, Coeur d'Alene Press

More Info: The Coeur d'Alene Tribe, Citylink's major contributor, says it is time for local agencies to get on the bus to develop alternative funding sources before the popular free transit service is affected. The Tribe recently delivered the Kootenai Metropolitan Planning Organization board a stern letter signed by Coeur d'Alene Tribe Chairman Chief Allan asking area agencies, including the cities, the county, chambers of commerce and North Idaho College, to look for "outside the box" funding solutions. The Tribe has been the largest contributor to the popular Citylink service, spending $1.2 million in 2010. The service also received $850,000 in federal grants in 2010, compared to $900,000 in 2009.

Questions: Should local governments join the Coeur d'Alene Tribe in funding CityLink?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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