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Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Public TV

On Jan. 24, Idaho Public Television aired a special hour-long edition of its’ show ‘Dialogue.’ On the show, host Marcia Franklin talked with the two top leaders of the Idaho Transportation Department, Pamela Lowe and Darrell Manning, about the ITD's current fiscal needs.The Idaho Transportation Board has identified a $200 million ongoing funding deficit for the Idaho Transportation Department. This session, lawmakers will consider options such as increasing vehicle registration fees to help remedy the situation, which comes despite a nearly $1 billion dollar bonding plan over five years to accelerate road construction using anticipated federal highway funds. To watch the piece, click on the link.


Mark Soderling said...

In 2005 when the Forum on Transportation Investment Committee came up with the 200 million deficit it included, not only the Idaho Transportation Department’s needs, but also the needs of the local units of government which are the cities, counties and highway districts. Now the Transportation Board wants all the money. The public should demand any increase in fees and taxes be split with the local units of government on a fair percentage basis. ITD should not get it all.

jeff said...

Good points Mark. It will be important to watch any legislation that creates a new revenue stream to ensure the needs of our local transportation jursidictions are met. KMPO staff will be tracking this legislation and providing updates on this blog...

Kootenai Metropolitan Planning Organization (KMPO) is the Metropolitan Planning Organization for Kootenai County, Idaho. Federal law requires urbanized areas with populations exceeding 50,000 people to have an MPO. KMPO was formed in 2003, to provide coordinated transportation planning within Kootenai county for the public, cities, small towns, the county, the state, transit providers, and the Coeur d'Alene tribe.

KMPO's Board of Directors oversees KMPO for Kootenai County, ID. KMPO's Executive Director and Staff are responsible for day-to-day operational and administrative needs.