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Published on Friday, March 8, 2013

Local transportation funding bills move out of House Committee

Three local option bills passed out of the House Transportation Committee on March 1: SHB 1953 (applies to Community Transit in Snohomish County), SHB 1898 (applies to transit agencies), and of particular interest to cities, SHB 1959, which:

  • Allows a transportation benefit district to impose a local annual vehicle fee of up to $40 councilmanically (the same provision that was included in HB 1485, which did not move out of committee).
  • Allows King County to impose a motor vehicle excise tax (MVET) of up to 1.5% of the value of a vehicle councilmanically.
  • Requires 60% of the proceeds of the MVET to be used for public transportation systems and 40% to be distributed on a pro-rate basis to cities and the county for local roads.

These bills must pass out of the House by Wednesday, March 13, to stay alive. The language in all three of these bills is also included in the HB 1954, Rep. Clibborn’s transportation revenue package.

Categories: Transportation