The Chelan City Council holds another budget workshop next Wednesday; one of things they may discuss is how to pay for transportation-related expenses, like roads and sidewalks. The city's six-year transportation improvement plan has 2-point-six million dollars in projects, and essentially no way to pay for them, other than the small amount the city gets from property tax revenues. So one of the options the city is considering is forming what is called a “Transportation Benefit District,” which would collect money to fund those projects. But how should the district get its money? Chelan City Administrator Wade Farris:
Now Farris says point-zero-one would bring in about 400-thousand dollars a year. But if you're a Chelan resident and you're worried about how much that would affect you, Farris says you don't have to worry that much:
Farris says it's a way to pay for transportation projects without putting the burden on the residents of the city:
By the way, a point-zero-one increase adds up to one cent for every ten dollars spent. The Transportation Benefit District will be discussed at next Tuesday's council workshop.