Legislators are proposing a .7 percent excise tax in addition to a $40 tax on tabs cities and local transit authorities want to require. This means car tab taxes will be raised on an $18,000 car to about $300 from about $93.
I don’t see the exact need for doubling (or tripling) the price of license tabs. The state and local agencies did fine after Initiative 695 was passed. Bus service won’t change as a result. I was told by Pierce Transit that my power chair is inaccessible for buses and eligibility for Shuttle is not an option.
What will happen is many people will be forced to get rid of the car and get on welfare. Sounds like the situation in Detroit where we see the highest unemployment and foreclosure rates as well as a high rate of poverty directly caused by government misuse of taxes.