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A ‘flush tax’ for Puget Sound would raise $54 million a year

Post by Joe Turner on Sep. 30, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
September 30, 2008 3:03 pm

The Puget Sound Partnership, the group created by Gov. Chris Gregoire and the Legislature to figure out how to clean up Hood Canal and other waterways threatened by pollution, has a bunch of taxes fees for the Legislature to consider.


From their matrix:


Sewage significantly impacts the health of the Sound through nutrient loading, temperature, and other water pollution. Although a flush tax is unlikely to change behavior, it will be a stable source of revenue due to the inelastic nature of bathrooms and has clear nexus to the health of Puget Sound.


“The inelastic nature of bathrooms.” I think that means, “When ya gotta go, ya gotta go.”


Here’s

the matrix of fees and taxes the working group is considering.

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