PROSSER, Wash-- Prosser is the first city in Eastern Washington to levy a fee on car tabs for everyone living in the city limits. About ten years ago Tim Eyman, conservative activist, helped put Initiative 695 on the ballot, which gave state residence a $30 flat fee for yearly car registration costs.
Since then counties have been able to add a few extra dollars onto that, but now cities are allowed to add up to $20 and the Prosser City Council voted to do so.
The council also operates as the transportation board and they say the extra fee will bring in about $100,000 a year. Now Prosser residence will pay between $60 to $70 a year for car tabs.
"When we rolled it out we made it very clear that this is not money that's going to go in the general fund to be spent on office furniture or hiring someone else. It's for roads and road maintenance. Everybody that lives in Prosser knows that's something we need to do," said Paul Warden.
The city council had an engineering consultant do a study on the roads in Prosser. He determined that there needs to be $12 million in work done to the 27 miles of roads within the city limits.