Car tab fees http://kplu.org en Metro warns of major cuts to bus service unless lawmakers act http://kplu.org/post/metro-warns-major-cuts-bus-service-unless-lawmakers-act <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Facing a </span><a href="http://metro.kingcounty.gov/am/future/funding-gap.html" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">$75 million shortfal</span></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://metro.kingcounty.gov/am/future/funding-gap.html" target="_blank">l</a>, Metro Transit&nbsp;says it will have to slash its bus service by 17 percent next fall unless the Legislature intervenes.</span></p> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 00:11:39 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 8242 at http://kplu.org Metro warns of major cuts to bus service unless lawmakers act Local leaders to state: Let us tax ourselves for transportation http://kplu.org/post/local-leaders-state-let-us-tax-ourselves-transportation <p></p><p>Local leaders from across King County want to tax themselves to pay for bus service, ferries, roads and bridges, but even local measures would need approval from the state.</p><p>The coalition, which includes the mayor of Seattle and more than 40 other cities, want to be able to tack on fees to car tab renewals and vehicle transfers, among others. That requires approval from state legislators.</p><p>King County Executive Dow Constantine said local governments should be free to invest in their own infrastructure.</p> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 23:34:36 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 7944 at http://kplu.org Local leaders to state: Let us tax ourselves for transportation Anti-tax activist Tim Eyman blasts car tab proposals in Olympia http://kplu.org/post/anti-tax-activist-tim-eyman-blasts-car-tab-proposals-olympia <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/02/022513AJ_Eyman_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>OLYMPIA, Wash. – He is synonymous with keeping Washington car tabs at $30. Now anti-tax initiative sponsor Tim Eyman is fired up again. Tue, 26 Feb 2013 01:29:00 +0000 Austin Jenkins 7857 at http://kplu.org Anti-tax activist Tim Eyman blasts car tab proposals in Olympia Public asked to weigh in on proposed Metro bus changes http://kplu.org/post/public-asked-weigh-proposed-metro-bus-changes <p>If you rely on the bus to get around Seattle, Shoreline or South King County, changes could be coming to your route. Metro is proposing reducing or redirecting more than 60 bus lines.&nbsp;</p><p>The shifts are part of a plan to use revenue from King County&rsquo;s car tab fee to preserve bus service.</p><p> Thu, 03 Nov 2011 00:39:22 +0000 Charla Bear 3083 at http://kplu.org Public asked to weigh in on proposed Metro bus changes Seattle asking voters to approve a $60 car tab fee http://kplu.org/post/seattle-asking-voters-approve-60-car-tab-fee <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-982167.mp3</p><p>Seattle voters will face a proposed car tab fee on the November ballot. The city council has unanimously agreed to ask for an additional $60 annually for the next 10 years to help pay for road and transit projects.&nbsp;</p><p>The news comes just a day after the King County Council added a temporary $20 car tab fee to maintain bus service.</p><p> Tue, 16 Aug 2011 22:56:11 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 2332 at http://kplu.org $20 car tab hearing draws supporters; council postpones vote http://kplu.org/post/20-car-tab-hearing-draws-supporters-council-postpones-vote <p>The King County Council postponed a decision on a two-year, $20 car tab fee to maintain Metro bus service until August 15<sup>th</sup> in an attempt to pass the measure without it having to go before voters.</p><p>Advocates for social justice, economic development and environmental protection packed council chambers for the hearing. Nearly all testified in favor of the council enacting the fee.</p><p> Tue, 26 Jul 2011 18:49:57 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 2175 at http://kplu.org Higher car tab fees proposed to avoid Metro Transit cuts http://kplu.org/post/higher-car-tab-fees-proposed-avoid-metro-transit-cuts <p>Are you willing to fork over extra money to register your car in order to keep buses running?</p><p>King County Executive Dow Constantine is betting you are. He&rsquo;s urging the King County Council to pass an emergency ordinance temporarily increasing car tab fees by $20 per vehicle. The two-year charge would generate about $25 million per year and be used to preserve Metro Transit service at current levels. Tue, 21 Jun 2011 18:49:43 +0000 Paula Wissel 1919 at http://kplu.org Higher car tab fees proposed to avoid Metro Transit cuts