I have heard from so many of you about Sound Transit and the increase in your car tab taxes. What became clear very quickly as the public shared their concerns with the legislature was that the primary focus was on punishing Sound Transit’s board or accountability measures that didn’t solve the actual problem of higher costs out of your pocket.
One thing I saw missing was YOUR interests.
What I have clearly heard is that some of you cannot afford these fees at all and it is the difference between food that month, medicine, gas to get to and from work or registering your car. Which is why I introduced HB 2148 to establish a rebate program to get real money back into the pockets of working families who need it the most.
I get that everyone is upset about the high cost of the ST3 car tabs. We are all feeling the sticker shock of these new taxes and as a working mom, my family feels the sting every time we have unexpected costs, too, but I am working hard to balance the wishes of all our neighbors, including those who voted in support of ST3.
There are still ongoing discussions and ideas being shared in the Legislature about how to fix the larger issue around the formula that Sound Transit uses to tax your vehicle. I will continue talking to my colleagues about how we can include this rebate program and other accountability solutions to ensure you know exactly what you are getting from Sound Transit and I will keep you updated as this effort progresses.