King County voters to decide on car tabs, tax for buses and roads

King County voters to decide on car tabs, tax for buses and roads

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King County voters to decide on car tabs, tax for buses and roads

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on February 25, 2014 at 2:12 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 25 at 2:18 PM

Are you willing to pay more to keep more buses on King County’s roads?  Voters will decide in an April transportation special election.

On Monday, the Metropolitan King County Council approved to hold an April 22 vote on Proposition 1 - a $60 car-tab fee and a tenth of a percent sales-tax increase that would fund Metro’s bus service and transportation improvements such as road maintenance.

The new taxing district would come in addition to new bus fare increases also passed Monday by the King County Council.

The council approved a 25-cent Metro bus fare increase. Currently, peak one-zone fares are $2.50 and peak-two-zone fares are $3. Fares for Paratransit Service for disabled passengers will go up 50 cents.

All fare increases will start in March 2015.

The council also voted to create a lower fare for low-income riders, people living well below the poverty level. That fare would start at $1.25. In the meantime, kids’ fares will stay the same at $1.25.

Leaders say it’s time for bus riders and taxpayers to pay more for bus service; otherwise, we could see up to a 20 percent cut in Metro service.

The district plans to hear public input on this proposition. 

KING 5's Liza Javier and Teresa Yuan contributed to this report.

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