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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

New Trail Fund Law May Not Stick

An Idaho legislative task force is leaning heavily toward undoing an unpopular law passed this year to raid recreational trail funding to shift the money to road repairs.

On July 1, 2010, all gas tax money that goes to the state Parks and Recreation Department for trails and to the Idaho State Police for highway patrol will shift to the Transportation Department for road work. The legislative task force was set up to identify alternative funding for parks and ISP.

But overwhelming public testimony may change that. Here's the story.

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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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