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By Michele Smith
The Times 

Passage of the $30 car tab initiative will be felt in Columbia County


October 17, 2019

DAYTON—If you think state Initiative 976, better known as the $30 Car Tab Initiative, will only affect Sound Transit, on the west side of the state, think again.

If I-976 is approved by voters, Columbia County Public Transportation stands to lose forty percent of the state’s portion of its largest source of funding, which is through the Washington State Department of Transportation’s Consolidated Grant program, said Steve Mertens, CCPT Finance Manager.

He said if I-976 is approved by voters, adjustments might need to be made to service levels.

“We don’t know what the legislature w...

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