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SEATTLE-- The City of Seattle says it needs to raise car tab fees to $80 because there isn't enough money to fund road construction projects.

Currently, most of the money the city already has is being spent on big projects like cleaning up the Mercer Mess and filling potholes.

The rest of the money is being spent on street improvements for pedestrians, transit and bicyclists.

The city says it's giving citizens what they want.

They want things to be safe, the pavement fixed. And they want bike and pedestrian amenities brought to their communities, said Ref Lindmark with the Citizens Transportation Committee.

The city says increasing car tab fees would raise $27 million a year.

Several people have brought up the option of requiring bicycle riders to purchase licenses. However, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn said that option would not generate much revenue, and not enough to cover to

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