Spokane Increases Car Tab Cost - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

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SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane City Council voted Monday to increase the cost of vehicle tabs by $20 per year to help fund street maintenance of city streets.

The majority of the money will go into the City's street fund, which is separate from the general fund. Money from the street fund is used to patch potholes, pay for small construction projects and remove snow.

A small portion of the tax will go to administrative costs at the Department of Licensing, which collects the money. Ten percent was directed to sidewalks and pedestrian improvements, which include things like paint for crosswalks, according to a city spokeswoman.

Opponents pointed out thousand of people live outside the city but work in Spokane after commuting from the county or Spokane Valley. Those drivers will not pay an increase in tab fees because they register their cars outside the city limits.

Representatives from the City of Spokane Valley and Spokane County are not considering similar proposals.

"I do not believe the time is right," said Commissioner Mark Richard. "We have other pressing needs and people are overburdened."

"The County roads are suffering from lack of maintenance, but I think people are more concerned about having a job and being safe in their community right now," he said. "Potholes take a back seat."

He also said he believes any such proposal should got to a vote of the taxpayer.

Spokane City Councilman Richard Rush cited the Revised Code of Washington on Monday night, which gives cities the authority to collect the car tab tax without a vote of citizens.

Authorities plan to start collecting the money in approximately six months. A city spokeswoman said that is how long it will take to set-up systems for collection with the Department of Licensing.

KHQ Local News Reporter Anthony Gomes contributed to this report.

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