Pike to host town hall Saturday in Battle Ground

first_imgTown HallWhat: Town hall meeting hosted by State Rep. Liz Pike, R-Camas.When: 10 a.m. Saturday.Where: Battle Ground City Hall, 109 S.W. First St., Battle Ground.State Rep. Liz Pike, R-Camas, will host a town hall meeting Saturday on a bill that could give cities and counties more control to raise taxes and fees for transportation projects.Pike is jointly hosting the meeting with the city of Battle Ground, which recently opted to create a transportation benefit district — a quasi-municipal corporation that functions as a separate entity with the authority to charge taxes and fees. The revenue from the charges would go toward transportation and infrastructure improvements, and the bill could be somewhat of a game changer for transportation benefit districts.In short, the measure — House Bill 1593 — would allow cities and counties to establish transportation utilities to fund a variety of transportation projects. It would also enable cities and counties with transportation benefit districts to eliminate their “separate entity” status and impose vehicle fees up to $50 — and a sales and use tax at a rate of up to two-tenths of 1 percent. Battle Ground Mayor Shane Bowman recently testified in support of the bill in Olympia. The measure would give cities and counties more control over their own transportation funding, he said.last_img read more