I support an increase in vehicle license fees in order to provide for transportation improvements in Edmonds. And, before I say why, let me add that any increase will involve all four vehicles at our house. It will be a substantial increase in our annual cost of using vehicles in Edmonds.
I support adding $40 to each license tab because those funds will be matched by grant and partnership funds. Simply put, if Edmonds doesn’t do its part, state and federal funding sources won’t do theirs. Transportation specialists estimate that the City of Edmonds could be passing up $16 million in matching funds based on the projects in our Comprehensive Plan.
If $40 sounds like a lot, consider how hard it will be for the city to plan, design and construct roads, sidewalks and signals without partners. Consider again that those same funds will be spent in neighboring cities with a funding plan instead of here.
Neil Tibbott, Co-Chair
Citizens Advisory Transportation Committee