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No on I-976

We recently moved to north-central Washington from Colorado. As we explore this beautiful state we marvel at the good condition of the roads. Whether a major highway or small rural road, they are well-built and well-maintained. This could change if Initiative 976 is passed.

We would encourage anyone who believes you can pay for less maintenance and still enjoy good roads to make a trip to Colorado. Anti-tax zealotry wreaked havoc with Colorado’s road and infrastructure funding. It didn’t take long for complaints to roll in about road conditions. How soon people forget that they voted for tax cuts as soon as they hit a few potholes.

We think the vehicle registration fees in Washington are fair and equitably shared by drivers in the state. Everyone pays an equal base license fee. After that your fees are based on the weight of your vehicle. This makes absolute sense. Larger vehicles have a greater impact on roads and do more damage. It is only fair that owners of larger vehicles pay a greater share.

We encourage everyone to vote against Initiative 976.

Nancy Strong and Michael Smart

Omak


 

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