SEATTLE – Many drivers will be getting quite a shock when they get renewal notices for their car tabs.
The addition of taxes from Sound Transit 3 more than tripled the existing fee for drivers in Pierce, King and Snohomish counties who are within the Sound Transit district. (See if you’re in the district at this link).
With the vote to extend light rail, district residents have committed to paying the increases on car tabs, property and sales for the next three decades.
The increase in taxes and car tabs was approved in November with 54 percent of the vote.
According to the Seattle Times, owners of a $10,000 car would see their tab fee jump from $30 a year to $110. Add that to other fees such as a state weight fee, transportation benefit district fees and others, and some drivers are being hit with a bill much higher than last year.
The new car tab fees apply to tabs that expire after March 1.