Shoreline Council public hearing Monday Aug 12 wants your feedback: $30 car tabs or sidewalks

Friday, August 9, 2019

Tim Eyman has a $30 car tab
initiative on the Nov ballot
The agenda for the Shoreline City Council meeting Monday August 12, 2019 includes one Action Item:

Action Item 8(a) Public Hearing for the Purpose of Hearing Residents’ Comments on Washington State Initiative - 976 Concerning Motor Vehicle Taxes and Fees and Adoption of Shoreline City Council Resolution No. 442 Opposing Initiative-976 on the November 5, 2019 General Election Ballot.

Washington Initiative 976, Limits on Motor Vehicle Taxes and Fees Measure

Passage of I-976 would reverse the City Council actions that implemented a $20 Vehicle License Fee (VLF) in 2009 that supports the City’s pavement preservation program, and the $20 VLF in 2018 to support the repair and maintenance of the City’s sidewalk network.

This is a Public Hearing so the Council can listen to residents’ comments in favor of or against the Initiative. You can speak during the Public Comment for 2 or 3 minutes, depending on the number of speakers, or you can email your comments to the Council.

From Ballotpedia:

Washington Initiative 976, the Limits on Motor Vehicle Taxes and Fees Measure, is on the ballot in Washington as an Initiative to the Legislature, a type of indirect initiated state statute, on November 5, 2019.

A yes vote supports the initiative to do the following:
  • Limit annual license fees for vehicles weighing under 10,000 pounds at $30 except voter-approved charges;
  • Base vehicle taxes on the Kelley Blue Book value rather than the manufacturer's suggested retail price; and
  • Repeal authorization for certain regional transit authorities, such as Sound Transit, to impose motor vehicle excise taxes.

A no vote opposes the initiative to limit annual license fees for vehicles weighing under 10,000 pounds at $30 and make changes to transportation taxes.

Supporters refer to I-976 as the $30 Tabs Initiative. The initiative is sponsored by Tim Eyman.

Eyman's initiatives concerning transportation and taxes

Tim Eyman has proposed, sponsored, or was otherwise involved with initiatives relating to transportation and taxes every year since at least 1999. Most of all, his initiatives concerned $30 car tabs and requiring a two-thirds vote in the legislature or voter approval for tax increases.

More information on Initiative 976 can be found here


Joan Giuffre,  August 9, 2019 at 11:36 AM  

$30 car tabs please...The City isn't even maintaining the sidewalks, streets or highway gardens that we have, so why would you vote to be taxed to add to this problem.

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