UNION GAP, Wash - A sales tax increase in Union Gap becomes a possibility. The extra money would pay for bus service. The city council will put it to a public vote. This exact same proposal failed in the general election last November. The council agreed to put it on the ballot again this year.
Just last week a trial run for a Union Gap bus route was added through Yakima Transit. The city received a grant from the state, allowing them to fund it through this year.
If the proposal passes in the general election, sales tax would increase by .2%. The council hopes people pass it this time after seeing how helpful it is to the city.
"It's only two tenths of a percent and we as a committee don't raise our taxes everytime we have a wild idea," says Toni Webb, a Union Gap City Councilwoman
"It's good for the senior citizens. A lot of senior citizens in Union Gap don't have their own transportation, so this is a good chance to get where they're going," explains Lewis Beddoe, a long time Union Gap resident.
The city council says to keep in mind it isn't just Union Gap paying for the sales tax. It will be everyone who comes in town.