Eight-Cent Gas Tax Hike Proposed by King County Executive

Dow Constantine and the Sound Cities Association are asking the state legislature to help "solve our statewide transportation crisis."

King County Executive Dow Constantine has joined other local officials in asking the Washington state legislature to raise gas taxes to help pay for upgrades to the state's transportation infrastructure and provide additional transit funding in the county.

What do you think of the proposed increases? Tell us in the comments section.

In a Dec. 14 letter posted on the news website PubliCola, Constantine, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and Renton Mayor Denis Law, representing the Sound Cities Association, propose an 8-cent increase to the gas tax as well as the ability for counties and cities to raise their car-tab fees by $40. 

The letter, addressed to Gov. Chris Gregoire, cites a "statewide transportation crisis" and asks for additional revenue to "preserve and maintain our portion of the State’s transportation system and address the growing demand for transit services."

Click here to read the entire document.

Bob Martinek December 26, 2012 at 05:19 PM
The roads have deteriorated substantially with Tim Eyeman's ill advised tax cuts on car tabs to save an individual a measly amount while crippling state highways. Heck, you can't even get a map free from the DOT. What percentage of preservation and maintenance of our portion of the State's transportation system is bicycle related? Maybe they can contribute their proportion.
Kim Weers December 26, 2012 at 08:53 PM
I agree with Martinek about Tim Eyeman's ill advised cuts, and I think those who use roads should help pay for them through taxes, but I think an 8 cent increase plus a 40.00 tab increase is too much in our still faltering economy. How about starting with a .05 and 10.00 respectively. I also think we should be encouraging cyclists as, except for making a few extra lanes, they are pollution and road maintenance free.
DebbieKat December 26, 2012 at 10:31 PM
Not only that, but if there are more people on bicycles, there are less cars on the road, thus less wear and tear...


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