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Next year's tabs could cost more to support road repairs and bridge construction

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RICHLAND, WA - There may be some changes for people living in Richland when it comes time to renew your car tabs next year. It all has to do with the proposed "Transportation Benefit District".

Reporter Mackenzie Maynard spoke to Richland Public Works Director, Pete Rogalsky, to learn more.

"A way that the state has authorized local agencies to raise money within a defined boundary," Rogalsky said, "so they began the process of establishing a district that just happens to have the same limits of the city."

Raising money through sales tax, property tax, or adding $20 onto car tab renewals.

"The idea at this point is one or the other, and it's almost certainly going to be the car tabs," said Rogalsky.

The money would be used mostly for resurfacing the roads.

"About $1.2 million a year for resurfacing and about $3 million to get it right, so we're very short."

Rogalsky told Mackenzie Maynard that by the first city council meeting in April, council members will be able to take a look at the proposed funding package.

The package will mostly fund the pavement for resurfacing, but it will also help with another big project.

"You could break that $20 down, the way we're estimating right now, $8 to the bridge and $12 to the pavement," Rogalsky explained.

If the city council approves, you can expect the $20 increase in the 2018 renewal year.