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Friday, July 11, 2008

District 4 Representative Marge Chadderdon seeks your input on transportation funding

Transportation funding was a major focus of the 2008 legislative session and it should be an even greater issue next year, District 4 Representative Marge Chadderdon wrote in a special column that was published today in the Coeur d'Alene Press.

Gov. Otter and Idaho transportation officials say we need $240 million to maintain and improve Idaho highways and legislators are at odds over how to pay for improvements.

That's where you come in. As your state representative, I would like your opinions and guidance on the road funding issue.

The governor's office and the Idaho Transportation Board have scheduled a conference in Coeur d'Alene on July 16 at the Best Western Inn, 506 West Appleway Ave., to talk about Idaho's transportation needs and various funding options. I highly encourage you to take part in this important conference. The public meeting will be 4-7 p.m. Separate meetings are planned with mayors and city council members, county commissioners and highway district officials, chamber of commerce and business leaders and legislators. Similar conferences are planned throughout Idaho during this month and early August. Click here for the whole column.

After reading the options she has provided, how would you propose to make up the shortfall?

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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.

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