Rep. Morgan Irwin, along with fellow Republican lawmakers, ask for immediate action to Sound Transit 3 ‘sticker shock’
If you are worried, confused or angry with Sound Transit 3 (ST3), please know you are not alone! I continue to hear your concerns about the impact the ST3 taxes are having on our district.
In November 2016, voters in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties passed Proposition 1 (Sound Transit 3). The ballot measure failed in Pierce County, but passed in King County with 57.9 percent, and Snohomish County with 51 percent of the vote. The $54 billion ballot measure increased the sales tax (increased to 1.4 percent), property tax ($25 per $100,000 home value, including commercial property), and car tab amounts ($110 per $10,000 vehicle value) in these three counties. These taxes will fund projects for light rail, bus and park-and-ride projects over three decades.
I, along with fellow House Republicans, am asking Speaker of the House, Frank Chopp, to take immediate action on these taxes and to provide relief to those districts that are being heavily affected the most with these taxes. This is unacceptable and something needs to be done.
The Senate recently passed several bills that seek to bring some rationality back to transportation. We are asking Speaker Chopp to take action on these bills in the House. You can read the letter voicing our concerns here.
I will keep you posted!