KENNEWICK, Wash.-- State representatives in Washington state are getting creative with ideas on how to generate more revenue without raising taxes.
Republican state Representative Jan Angel is proposing a plan that would allow the sale of naming rights for publicly owned facilities, whether be that courts, water towers or schools.
It's an idea being used in other states like Virginia. There, naming rights are sold for it's bridges and roads and now they even have GEICO Insurance rest stops.
People we talked to in Kennewick didn't like the idea, though.
"I think that it's a little ridiculous to be perfectly honest. We're already paying a lot in taxes. I think there's more efficient ways to get things paid for then to be labeling buildings with brand names," said Jordan Garberg.
"It's really for public use. It's not for that corporation. It's for the public and so that's why I don't really want the brand name out there," said Cindy Fish.
Rep. Angel said the revenue generated from selling naming rights could pay off debt and prevent increased fees and taxes on citizens.
The measure wouldn't allow inappropriate names or the names of tobacco or cannabis companies.
Friday, May 24 2013 9:32 PM EDT2013-05-25 01:32:22 GMT
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