New car tab fee and higher sales tax likely on special April ballot

February 24, 2014

Today, the King County Council moved towards putting new taxes on the ballot. On April 22, 2014, King County voters may vote on a costly plan to impose a $60 annual car tab fee and a .1% sales tax increase on drivers and consumers. Both of the new taxes would sunset after 10 years.  According to Crosscut, King County has nearly 2 weeks to get the measure on the ballot. However, if state lawmakers approve of new local taxes for transit, the King County Council would meet to discuss eliminating both taxes.

The Council’s plan includes offering a $20 rebate for low-income individuals.

Sixty percent of the new taxes raised would go to maintain King County Metro bus service and 40% would go to roads.  King County officials have said that without new tax money, Metro will cut bus service by 17% and roads will turn to gravel. Officials estimate that King County taxpayers would pay about $1.5 billion over the 10 years if the new taxes are imposed.