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How does a $40 car tab fee sound? Yakima voters could decide

How does a $40 car tab fee sound? Yakima voters could decide
YAKIMA, Wash. -- It looks like taxpayers could have the final say on a car tab fee here in Yakima after all as city leaders are set to decide this week whether to put it on the ballot next spring.

It's an idea that's gone from hot to cold. And, now hot again after the citizen's survey showed significant support.

The money generated would pay to take of the city's streets.

"The roads are bad, you know? And, it makes the place look nice too, I think so. But it's a good deal," said Taxpayer Maria Meeks.

Many taxpayers say they're frustrated by the condition of our roads. Yet, people remain divided on whether to approve a car tab fee.

Earlier this year, city leaders decided not to ask you to vote for it but we learned these discussions are now back on the table.

This time, it could cost you double; how does a $40 car tab fee sound?

City leaders have been reluctant to even adopt a $20 car tab fee or put it to a vote.

Now, they could finally put this higher amount on the ballot for you in April.

"Would you approve a $40 car tab fee?" KIMA asked.

"Yeah, as long as the money is going to be used for what it's supposed to be used for," said taxpayer Ethan Longmire.

This new proposed car tab fee could raise $2 million a year and it would go away after 10 years.

"What happens to our roads if this isn't passed?" KIMA asked.

"They're going to continue to decrease and we are going to have, pretty generally, a breakdown in all of our streets around the community," said Yakima City Councilmember Kathy Coffey.

That's not enough to convince some taxpayers who would reject it if they have the chance.

"I don't make enough money as it is. And, the cost of living, all the bills and everything are just too much," said taxpayer Misty Olivas.

"We are paying more taxes than necessary. I mean, we keep paying, keep paying, they keep raising our taxes," taxpayer Karen Kautz said.

Regardless of the outcome, simply holding a vote on the car tab fee would cost taxpayers about $70,000.

If the car tab fee ultimately gets the ok from voters, Yakima would decide whether to receive money every year or issue a $25-million bond up front.
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