A State House Bill is being considered that would create a pilot project allowing some cities and towns to charge residents, businesses and government entities for maintenance of urban streets. Spokane is one of the cities that would be eligible to use this funding source.
So why call the charge a utility fee as opposed to a tax? Because it would reflect the correlation between a property and the estimated number of vehicle trips from that property.
While some cities are supporting the bill, the main opponents are from the private sector. The Seattle Times has the story.