Monday, January 10, 2011

Groups Talking About Street Utility Tax

Spokane Valley officials say they won't be pushing for a street utility tax anytime soon. Valley City Council members voted on a proposal recently that would have taxed commercial and residential property owners based on the amount of traffic generated by their respective building. The proposal was voted down.

With the legislative session starting today, many feel that a street utility tax should be at or near the top of the priority list because of the lack of dedicated funds for maintaining streets.

The Valley News Herald has more.

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SRTC is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Spokane County. Urbanized areas with populations exceeding 50,000 people are required to have an MPO. SRTC was formed to address the county's transportation planning needs. It provides coordination in planning between the public, cities, small towns, the county, the state, transit providers, and tribes.

SRTC offers services including transportation monitoring, transportation modeling, census information analysis, travel demand forecasting, historical traffic count analysis, geographic information systems, and trip generation rates.