Washington Voters Reject Big Tax On Motorists For Transit

Washington motorists have been consistent in their desire not to be overcharged. In 1999, 56 percent of voters approved $30 state car tabs with Initiative 695. A special interest court challenge ultimately blocked the measure, and the registration fees slowly climbed back to their previous level. So a second referendum was passed in 2002 restoring the $30 cap. Despite this, state and local taxes and fees have gradually increased. Filing fees, weight fees and local excise taxes were imposed, taking $700 million a year from drivers, with most of the cash going to transit projects in the Puget Sound region.