North Parkway Avenue between Main Street and Ornsdorff Boulevard in Battle Ground is looking spiffy after microsurfacing, which uses liquid asphalt and rock to extend roadway life.
Battle Ground was the first city in Clark County to use a provision in state law to form a transportation benefit district and collect an additional licensing fee on top of what the state charges.
Mike Herceg, Battle Ground’s public works director, said he hasn’t heard too many city residents rail against the extra $20 they pay for car tabs.
“But the people where we actually do the projects are happy that their roads are being maintained,” he said.
On Friday, Clark County elections will mail ballots for the Nov. 5 election that include Initiative 976, the latest measure from anti-tax activist Tim Eyman. If approved, the initiative would wipe out the $290,000 Battle Ground collects annually from its license fee.