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Yakima Valley cities studying vehicle license fee increase

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YAKIMA, Wash - Voters in Yakima County overwhelmingly shot down a 20-dollar vehicle license fee to fund transportation improvements Tuesday. But could local cities try where the county failed?

The city of Yakima has over 80 miles worth of roads, and many of them need improvements. But the city struggles to find money for all the work. Members of Yakima City Council say they aren't considering raising the car tab fee, and would rather try to get money from the state, but they have studied the idea.

"Without question we have talked about what kind of taxing authority is," said Council member Neil McClure. "And how could it work in our city." 

But McClure said if they were to propose it, they would have specific projects laid out, unlike Yakima County, and take the idea to voters.

The City of Grandview has also examined the idea, but like Yakima, they don't have any plans to raise the vehicle license fee.