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City officials and neighbors say paving a 900-foot stretch of dirt road is necessary due to the threat of uncontrollable fires and stormwater runoff. But a citizens board tasked with reviewing spending of the car tab money recommended that fund not be used for the project, which has been used primarily to repair existing roads, not pave new ones.
While people in many parts of the U.S. are concerned about crumbling streets, voters in the city of Spokane stepped up more than a decade ago and did something about it.
The city of Spokane is planning work on a big list of small street projects in 2014 that will be funded by a $20 annual license tab fee charged to vehicle owners in the city. The plan would spend $2.5 million to spread the work across the city so residents in different neighborhoods will see tangible benefit from the fee, City Council members said.
Idaho State Police and the Department of Transportation reacted last week to back-to-back dust storms that led to injuries and vehicle damage in the southern part of the state. Officers said being caught in a dust storm requires drivers to take precautionary action to avoid being hurt.
More than half the money allotted for street paving and improvements this year from Spokane’s new vehicle tab tax may not be spent in 2012, as officials debate whether to hire city workers or contract with private companies to do the work. Spokane Mayor David Condon decided earlier this year to contract much of the work to private companies, contradicting a recommendation from a citizens advisory board.
Former Mayor Dennis Hession and Ben Stuckart, director of Communities in Schools of Spokane County, debate the $20 annual vehicle tab tax that was approved earlier this year. Hession and Stuckart are running for Spokane City Council president.
State officials have incorrectly charged Spokane’s new $20 tab tax to the owners of small, utility-type trailers. The state Department of Licensing incorrectly included single-axle trailers weighing less than 2,000 pounds when selecting vehicles that would be subject to the new tax, Spokane County Auditor Vicky Dalton said Wednesday.
State officials have incorrectly charged Spokane’s new $20 tab tax to the owners of small trailers. County Auditor Vicky Dalton said Wednesday that the state Department of Licensing incorrectly included trailers weighing less than $2,000 pounds when selecting vehicles that would be subject to the new tax. The Spokane City Council in February approved the $20 fee that began appearing on vehicle tab bills this month.
Six months before the debut of a new tax on vehicles, city leaders are starting to debate how to spend the revenue. Spokane will begin collecting $20 tab fees on vehicles registered in the city around Sept. 1. The city expects to collect about $800,000 this year and $2.6 million annually after that.
The Spokane City Council on Monday approved one new tax and delayed a decision on another. The council voted 4-3 for a $20-a-year tax on vehicles registered in Spokane, capping months of debate and reversing its 4-3 vote opposing the tax last month.
A Spokane City Council vote two weeks ago rejecting a $20 annual vehicle tax appears to be only a bump in the road for supporters of the new fee. Council President Joe Shogan vowed this week to reconsider the issue, and the council will decide Monday if it will hold a Feb. 14 hearing on the vehicle tab fee.
Spokane’s car owners won’t have to pay an extra city tax to pay for street upgrades. After months of often-contentious debate, a divided Spokane City Council on Monday rejected a $20 annual fee on vehicle tabs.
The Spokane City Council has pulled a proposal for tonight’s meeting that would have added a new vehicle license tab fee.Even though a new $20 tax on license plate tabs got pulled off the agenda Monday by the Spokane City Council, city leaders said they expect to bring it back within the next few weeks.
More than 120 city employees could face pink slips at the end of the year unless city unions agree to concessions or the City Council increases taxes, officials warned Tuesday. Two months after proposing a budget with more than 40 layoffs, Spokane Mayor Mary Verner told the Spokane City Council in budgeting strategy session that faltering sales taxes and other factors could result in a 9 percent across-the-board cut to fill a possible $12 million hole.