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Tax and fee increases move forward in Yakima

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YAKIMA, Wash- Plans for tax and fee increases in Yakima moved forward Tuesday night.  The city council instructed the city manger to draft ordinances so they can vote on  the proposed six dollar a month utility tax hike, and the 20 dollar a year car tab fee. 

About 40 people came to city hall to share their opinions about the revenue increases.  Predictably, Some were for the increases to save city services and roads, others said they were unwilling to pay more.  But one person said the council shouldn't be waiting around for the public to decide for them.

"They need to listen to the citizens and that into account but at the end of the day they need to be the decision makers, that's why we voted them into office.  We expect leadership and we'd like them to show it", says Yakima resident Verlynn Best.

Best says things like crime and roads will get worse if they're not addressed now, and that will cost taxpayers more money down the road. 

The utility tax hike would generate about two million dollars that the council says they'd use to save 13 city jobs including six police officers, and fire fighter, and the assistant city manager.  The car tab fee is intended to pay for one million dollars worth of maintenance on specific county roads.  The council still has to vote to approve or veto the proposed revenue increases.