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Grand Coulee voters boost sales tax for streets


When Grand Coulee leaders put Proposition 1 on the ballot, they thought a bump in sales tax would be the best way for the city to collect a little extra money needed for street repair.

Voters agreed, evidently, as votes tallied up last night yielded an 111-39 win for the idea.

The 74-percent approval will raise the sales tax in the city from 7.9 percent to 8.1 percent, with the extra money funding a transportation benefits district.

The money raised, which city officials expect to come to about $50,000 a year, will be levied against both residents and tourists, which made Mayor Paul Townsen...

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