Letter: My amendment sought true taxpayer accountability
I appreciate the frustration with how the new car tabs are being calculated, which is why I have been working to find a compromise that will give taxpayers relief but still keep light rail on track to Everett.
The letter writer describes an initial idea I had, but it wasn't the amendment I offered (“Senate Dems wrong to raid education money for transit,” April 19).
When Sound Transit 3 was authorized in 2015, a group of Seattle lawmakers forced their colleagues into diverting $518 million in transit taxes to pay for education and social services, as a condition for voting to approve the transportation package. They called the idea “taxpayer accountability” at the time.
So, when this car tab valuation issue came up this year, I proposed using that same $518 million for true taxpayer accountability to reduce our car tabs instead of diverting transit taxes for education.
But, there was a lot of opposition to the idea, so in an effort to find the middle ground and deliver actual taxpayer relief, I revised my proposal and simply reduced the cost of our tabs without diverting these funds. My amendment failed in the Senate on a party line vote.
Unfortunately, Senate Republicans are insisting that we cut over $12 billion from ST3, which would undoubtedly cancel light rail to Everett and have a huge negative impact on Snohomish County. I continue to believe that our job is to find the middle ground and reduce car tabs in a way that keeps light rail on track to our area.
If any Beacon readers have ideas or opinions on the issue, here is my email address: email@example.com.