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Yakima City Council Officially Looking at Other Ways to Fix Roads

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- Talks of a $30 car tab fee in Yakima are officially dead. The city council is now considering other ways to pay for  much needed road repairs.

Many people, including several city council members, say the car tab fee would never pass if it was put in front of voters. So instead, they decided to stop talking about the $30 fee and instead, look at general fund money for the road repairs.

Council members want to change the city charter to use $2-million to buy about $25-million worth of bonds.

The initial $2-million will likely come from sales tax revenue and money that's currently being used to pay off the bonds that financed the Yakima Police Department renovations.

"We've got to make some tough choices, and one of these is to dedicate money out of the general fund to pay for roads and issue these bonds, and to continue to do it every year so we can repair enough lane miles to keep up with it," said Mayor Micah Cawley.

The city council will now have to draft a ballot measure, which if approved, would go to voters in August for the final decision.

Not all council members are sold on the idea though, Dave Ettl says it's a bad idea to dedicate $2-million a year to roads, when the city might need the money for something else later on which would force them to draft another ballot measure to change the charter.