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Tab tax work stalls

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.

Getting There: Council chooses streets for repair

Spokane city officials have come up with what they believe will be an equitable way of spending a new $20 annual vehicle license fee to fix streets. The Spokane City Council last week adopted a series of recommendations for spending the estimated $2.5 million that will be raised in the city with the vehicle tab money.

Hession vs. Stuckart, Tab Tax

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.

Allen vs. Rush, Street taxes

City Councilman Richard Rush and former City Councilman Mike Allen debate the $20 vehicle tab tax and possible creation of a street utility tax. Allen is challenging Rush’s bid for re-election for his seat representing South Spokane.

Small trailers not subject to new tax

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 incorrectly taxed small trailers in Spokane

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.

Tab tax revenue drives street talk

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.

Council debates use of tab tax

Six months from the introduction of a new tax on vehicles, city leaders are starting to debate how the money will be spent.

Council approves tab tax

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.

Tab tax returns to council agenda

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.

Council rejects car tab tax

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.

Council to weigh tab tax uses

A proposed $20 annual tax on vehicles that was foundering in December has found new life in the new year. The Spokane City Council studied the tax for several months, but approved the 2011 budget without creating the fees on vehicle tabs.

City vehicle tab tax in limbo

The Spokane City Council is balking on plans to impose a new $20 tax on vehicles this year, and in a surprise move shifted money away from road plowing and repairs to be spent instead rewarding departments whose labor unions made requested wage and benefit concessions. The council voted in October to give itself the authority to create the local tab tax, but it has since deferred a decision.