Eight-Cent Gas Tax Hike Proposed by King County Executive

Dow Constantine and the Sound Cities Association, which includes Kirkland, 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. Law serves as president of the board of the Sound Cities Association, which includes Kirkland City Councilman Bob Sternoff. 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."

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Kirkland Tony December 30, 2012 at 04:25 AM
Art, the percent tax is multiplied by the people, but that's not the only factor. The top marginal tax rate was higher in 1945, but it kicked in so high, and with such large deductions, that the EFFECTIVE tax rate was 18% rather than the current 22%. It's the EFFECTIVE rate that matters. Not just that the top rate be, say, 60% (though certainly it should be lower than that, lest you risk discouraging incremental productivity), but rather what the REAL rate is when applied after deductions and upon reaching the rate it kicks in.
Kirkland Tony December 30, 2012 at 04:28 AM
James, you still duck, dodge and weave. I'm not too cheap to spend 8 cents. I'm spending, as I documented in the second post OF THE ENTIRE THREAD (God, I hate illiterate degenerates such as you) that we're paying 37.5 cents on the state plus another roughly 14 cents state and more on federal. The problem is that you will never have enough. You want this more 8 cents... on top of the not insignificant current taxes. And then someday you will want, claiming again fairness, another five cents. And then another dime. You are dishonest and never satisfied. And when caught on it, you resort to cheap accusations rather than facing your own short-comings and pathetic weaknesses.
Art Valla December 30, 2012 at 06:01 AM
My biggest complaint about Dow's 8 cent gas tax is that it is both non-specific and does not carry a termination date. Dow is notorious for collecting taxes for one "emergency" and then spending the money on another project - without any accountability to where the money comes from or where it is going. For example, the emergency 1.5% increase in property taxes was supposed to pay for the dikes and levies. Instead, the money was used to create the King County Navy. But there was too much money. So he gave $60M of it to Metro Transit without any strings attached. Just a free check. Then he gave $30M to Seattle for their new sea wall. Now, because it was an "emergency" we didn't get to vote on it. Whoopee! Free Money to throw at any project he wants, without any time limit, without expiration, without any accountability. Now he wants an 8 cent gas tax. But no limits on what he spends it on. Whoopee! More free money! No rules or accounting! Dow can throw it at any thing he wants! This is not the way to run a government. This is not the way to raise taxes. However, this is the way to get secret backroom deals and create an opening for political criminal activity. We have a constitution in this state that says all gas taxes MUST be spent on highways. Not transit, not light rail, not ferry boats, not buses. Highways - for cars and trucks. Period. Dow would like to violate that section of the constitution - and that is wrong.
John L Peterson January 05, 2013 at 03:23 AM
adly the 24.9 cent price ( taxes included) per gallon for 100+ octane in my youth are history. If King County approves the increase, I only have simply to travel ten blocks north to be in Snohomish County and ergo not subject to this tax. I am sure that many individuals live close to adjacent counties and if they also get their fuel out of King County. That scenerio might just result in loss of revenue for King County.
Kirkland Tony January 06, 2013 at 12:30 AM
Yes, the Woodinville Costco is actually in Snohomish County... by about four blocks, in the "Town" of Grace. For good reason. We usually buy gas at the Kirkland Costco. (This is Kirkland Patch, after all.) But we're up in Woodinville roughly weekly and will readily switch our habits to save $70 per year.


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