Seattle car registration supplemental charge not likely to be approved today by voters
Today is election day in the State of Washington, although they don't go to the polls--today is the deadline for mailing in their election ballot, which has to be postmarked today.
How a transportation benefit district works
Once a local transportation benefit district is set up, the district’s board of directors may vote to charge a local vehicle licensing fee due when a vehicle owner buys new tabs.
- The transportation benefit district board has the authority to impose a fee of up to $20 per vehicle without voter approval.
- A transportation benefit district may impose a vehicle renewal fee of up to $100 per vehicle or seek other sources of funding if approved by voters.
The monies from the fee would be used for a variety of transportation improvements, divvied up as following:
• Approximately 29% will be allocated for transportation system repair, maintenance and safety.
• Approximately 49% will be allocated for implementing transit speed, reliability and access improvement projects and programs.
• Approximately 22% will be allocated for implementing pedestrian, bicycle and freight mobility projects and programs.
-- "Con | Seattle Proposition 1, the $60 car tab fee, regressive and doesn't address needs," Seattle Times
-- "Pro | Approve Seattle's Proposition 1, the car-tab fee, to keep Seattle moving," Seattle Times
-- "Opinions split on higher Seattle car-tab fee," Seattle Times
-- "Should Seattle spend millions to plan more streetcars," Seattle Times