This fall, voters in parts of King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties will vote on the largest transportation package in state history. The measure funds both Sound Transit’s Phase Two and RTID, or Regional Transportation Investment District, and it’s roads improvement package. The taxes involved are diverse.
They include MVET, sales taxes, a license fee, tolls, and an optional local gas tax. See the update below, folks.
Though no one likes taxes, these tax increases are small and don’t fall disproportionately on any one group. Unlike the tragically flawed Seattle Monorail Project, people who own cars will not alone bear the burden of funding our transportation investments. During the monorail years, people who owned cars but rarely drove were nailed with big motor vehicle excise taxes. Talk about resentment! Thankfully, the ST2/RTID package won’t be funded on one tax. Now, angst-ridden, car-less, Capitol Hill emo kids will be able to fund transportation improvements.
Every Morrissey record, every jar of pomade, and every half rack of PBR will make a difference.
I received an update from Julia Patterson’s office:
It looks like you are referencing an old RTID web page in your recent post on the taxes used to finance the Roads and Transit Plan. It does not reflect the proposed projects or taxes included in the Roads and Transit plan that will be before voters this November.
The tax sources proposed to finance the Roads and Transit plan are a .8% MVET and a .6% sales tax increase. There is no license fee included in the plan, nor a local option gas tax. You will also notice a number of Seattle road projects in the current plan, that are not reflected in the 2004 plan that is discussed on the old web page.
Pardon my goof, folks.