Reject I-976

Washington Initiative 976, Limits on Motor Vehicle Taxes and Fees Measure (2019), referred to as the “$30 Tabs Initiative” would establish a regressive license tab fee system because cars and light trucks of all values would be taxed the same. Additionally, it would harm Sound Transit by preventing it from obtaining the amount of revenue estimated, relied upon and approved by the voters in 2016 in the measure called Sound Transit 3, and leave Sound Transit without the anticipated revenues to cover their bond costs.

Because the measure is an Initiative to the Legislature and was validated to have sufficient signatures, the Legislature must take one of three actions:

  • Adopt the initiative as proposed and it becomes law without a vote of the people;

  • Reject or refuse to act on the proposed initiative and the initiative must be placed on the ballot at the next state general election; or

  • Propose a different measure dealing with the same subject and both measures must be placed on the next state general election ballot.

To date the Legislature has not given this Initiative a public hearing in committee.

The League opposes this measure as it is both a regressive tax, and would result in damaging loss of revenue for transit. We ask that the Legislature reject the proposal. 

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