“What $30 car tabs could cost the Thurston County region”
“Local governments across the state are bracing for other impacts of barring and reducing vehicle-related taxes and fees, if the initiative passes.
“Governing bodies in Olympia, Tumwater, and Thurston County have passed resolutions opposing I-976, and the city of Olympia sent out a “Vote NO” mailer against I-976 that is being investigated as a possible campaign law violation.
“In many cases, local officials are struggling to put a dollar amount on the potential effects of I-976, and some are easier to predict than others.”
“In Yelm, spokesperson Andrew Kollar said the city is concerned it could delay funding for the second phase of the Yelm Loop project that’s scheduled to begin construction in early 2022.
“‘It’s not clear where they would begin to cut funding, however, it’s simple math that when you remove revenue from a dedicated fund source, you must cut projects,’ Kollar wrote to The Olympian. ‘We are concerned that if I-976 passes, it would have a negative impact on transportation projects in the Yelm area and the entire South Sound region,'” by Sara Gentzler, The Olympian.