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The Senate Law & Justice Committee will hold an investigatory hearing into Sound Transit on September 26 at Kent City Hall.
The State House has approved a bill that would lower car-tab fees by providing taxpayers with a reimbursement or credit for some of the money they're being charged under Sound Transit Three.
Lawmakers in the State House unanimously approved a bill that would prevent Sound Transit from imposing taxes on anything less than a whole parcel of land.
The next few days at the state capitol could prove crucial to lowering your car-tab fees. Transportation budget talks are underway, and that's breathing new life into the push for Sound Transit reform.
If this year's increased car-tab renewal fees - courtesy of Sound Transit Three - left you scratching your head, you're not alone. A ton of people are venting about the big bills through social media, as well as through calls and emails to our newsroom.
A big price increase for car-tab renewals is leaving a lot of drivers in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties a bit surprised.
We're now hearing from homeowners forced to pay higher taxes - even though only part of their land sits within the Sound Transit District.
It's an issue we've covered extensively for the last month: complaints over the big rise in car-tab fees. We've heard from drivers. We've heard from lawmakers. On Thursday, for the first time, we heard from the head of Sound Transit.
Since the controversy over increased car-tab fees began, Sound Transit's CEO and board members have repeatedly claimed they've been as transparent as possible when it comes to the Sound Transit 3 tax package. Now, state lawmakers want them to prove it.
Here's something we haven't heard much of over the last few weeks: people speaking out in support of Sound Transit. It happened during a legislative committee hearing Monday in Olympia.
By now, you've heard about the higher car-tab fees and property taxes associated with the $54 billion Sound Transit Three measure that voters approved last fall. The next hit to your wallet kicks in April 1, in the form of higher sales tax.
On Wednesday, Republicans in the State Senate introduced a new bill aimed at forcing Sound Transit to make changes when it comes to car-tab fees.
Thursday marked Sound Transit's first board meeting since the public outcry over increased car-tab fees began several weeks ago.