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Many agree Tacoma's streets are in desperate need of repair, but how to pay for it has become a heated issue.

If voters approve Proposition 1, a two-percent tax increase would generate $10 million towards a fix.

With the money, the city Public Works Department says it will repave more streets, improve school zones and double the amount of potholes it can fix.

For me it doubles what I have, said Kurtis Kingsolver, Public Works Director.

It s an investment in the present, it s an investment in the future and its about the way we feel about our community, said resident Clare Petrich.

But opponents call it short-sighted.

It's a disproportionate, regressive tax, said Bob Casey, resident, No On Prop 1 Campaign. It s about a $800 million street problem and $10 million a year is not going to come close to touching a problem we need the right fix.

The tax would cost the average household about $4.70 more a month on their utility bills.

I think it s fair, work on a car is not cheap, said resident Avery Marie.

Opponents argue 50-percent paying that live outside city limits.

What if you have friends and family out on those roads, you kind of have to think about the larger picture than just your own community, said resident Anthony Leo.

Opponents say a property tax levy would a better option since they claim Prop 1 would be unaffordable to low-income residents who typically rent. Supporters say they would be eligible for 30-percent discount rates.

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