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Possible $20 Increase for Car Tab Fees in Yakima County

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YAKIMA, Wash - Initiative activist Tim Eyman has told members of the Yakima City Council he will come to Yakima to testify against a plan that could raise car tab fees in the city by $20.

Yakima County commisioners or the Yakima City Council wouldn't even have to put it to a vote. 

"It is outrageous for the city council to say we are going to ignore what the voters want and say we are going to jack this up anyway," says Eyman.

In the last legislative session, transportation benefit districts were approved for Yakima County. These are areas either the county commisioners or the city council can designate for specific repairs.  The money to do so would come from an increase in car tabs, of up to $20.

"We want our pot holes fixed, we want our streets improved, we want Fisher Park to be open, we want the pools to be open, we want our policemen to be well funded, and I just say it's our community, how do we pay for it?" Explains Neil McClure, Yakima's Assistant Mayor.

The city council says, they haven't even considered doing this, but challenge their critics.

"I would say Tim Eyman should come here because without question, I don't want to do anything if the people don't know about it," says McClure.

Voters can voice their opinion in November.  On the ballot, the county commisioners are polling the people to see if they would pay the extra $20.