Protecting Taxpayers from Sound Transit

Senate passes real car-tab relief for third time

Published on June 13, 2017
Senators Rossi, O’Ban call on House Democrats to ‘do the right thing’ For the third time this year, the Senate today passed a measure aimed at giving taxpayers real relief from Sound Transit’s controversial and inflated car-tab taxes. Senate Bill 5893, which passed the chamber 25-22, would slash car-tab taxes in the Sound Transit taxing... Read More

Only 37 percent would still vote to approve Sound Transit 3

Published on June 07, 2017
State senators who serve areas within the Sound Transit taxing district say it’s no surprise that new poll results show support for Sound Transit 3 has plummeted 17 points since the November election, when it passed 54 percent to 46 percent. If given a chance to vote again, 51 percent of likely voters would reject... Read More

Senate Law and Justice Committee to consider charges against Sound Transit

Published on May 15, 2017
Today the chairman of the Senate Law and Justice Committee, Sen. Mike Padden, announced that he is planning to have the panel look into charges that Sound Transit engaged in a “systematic effort to confuse and misrepresent the impact and cost of the ST3 authorization to legislators and the public.” In a letter to Senators... Read More

In the News: State senators claim Sound Transit misled public about ST3 project impact and cost

Published on May 12, 2017
KOMO 4 News -Seattle   SEATTLE – Two state senators claim Sound Transit misled the public about the cost of the ST3 project. This comes as more and more drivers are upset about their skyrocketing car tab fees. “Last year, we paid $200 this year $400,” said driver Hai Pham, as he renewed his car... Read More

In the News: Local lawmakers call for investigation into Sound Transit 3 measure

Published on May 12, 2017
KIRO 7 – Seattle Sound Transit is getting more pressure about the high cost of car tab fees. Two lawmakers in Olympia accuse the transit agency of deceiving the voters and the legislature. Senators Steve O’Ban and Dino Rossi are calling for an investigation into whether Sound Transit engaged in a “systematic effort to confuse and misrepresent... Read More

Rossi, O’Ban call for investigatory hearings on Sound Transit

Published on May 11, 2017
Sens. Steve O’Ban and Dino Rossi are calling for an investigation into whether Sound Transit engaged in a “systematic effort to confuse and misrepresent the impact and cost of the ST3 authorization to legislators and the public.”  In a letter sent today to the chair of the Senate Transportation Committee and the chair of the... Read More

Senate backs bill to slash car-tab taxes, eliminate dubious $12 billion price tag

Published on May 02, 2017
The Senate today took direct aim at Sound Transit’s controversial and inflated car-tab taxes with a vote to send an amended version of Senate Bill 5893 back to the House of Representatives for consideration. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Steve O’Ban, would slash car-tab taxes in the Sound Transit taxing district by 55 percent and... Read More

O’Ban, Rossi say Sound Transit move to engage misses mark

Published on March 23, 2017
The Sound Transit board passed a motion today to authorize its CEO “to continue communications and engagement with the State Legislature” in order to “pursue options to address public concerns” about its inflated car tab tax calculation method.  Sens. Steve O’Ban and Dino Rossi said the premise of the motion does not address the public... Read More

Car tab collection at risk for Sound Transit with O’Ban amendment to transportation Budget

Published on March 23, 2017
Sound Transit faces a new hurdle for their notoriously inflated car tab valuations—the Senate transportation budget. An amendment to the Senate transportation budget passed the Senate Transportation Committee today that would prohibit the Department of Licensing (DOL) from collecting a motor vehicle excise tax for a regional transportation authority unless Senate Bill 5893 is enacted.... Read More

Senate majority unites behind measure to stop unfair Sound Transit taxes

Published on March 16, 2017
New O’Ban-Rossi bill would prohibit state from collecting taxes for regional agency Today the Senate’s Republican-led Majority Coalition Caucus increased pressure on Sound Transit to treat its taxpayers fairly by proposing that the state Department of Licensing stop collecting the transit agency’s inflated car-tab taxes. “If Sound Transit wants to tax people on a false vehicle... Read More

Senate majority unites behind measure to stop unfair Sound Transit taxes

Published on March 16, 2017
New O’Ban-Rossi bill would prohibit state from collecting taxes for regional agency Yesterday, the Senate’s Republican-led Majority Coalition Caucus increased pressure on Sound Transit to treat its taxpayers fairly by proposing that the state Department of Licensing stop collecting the transit agency’s inflated car-tab taxes. “If Sound Transit wants to tax people on a false vehicle... Read More

O’Ban and Rossi challenge constitutionality of Sound Transit car tab tax

Published on March 03, 2017
Sen. Steve O’Ban, R-University Place, and Sen. Dino Rossi, R-Sammamish, informed Attorney General Bob Ferguson today that based on information they’ve reviewed, the current valuation Sound Transit uses to calculate car tab taxes is unconstitutional. In a letter hand-delivered to Ferguson’s office this morning, the senators explain the act that authorized Sound Transit to use... Read More

KING 5: Car-tab controversy makes its way to the state capitol

Published on February 24, 2017
  Click here to watch video. The controversy over increased car-tab fees caused by the passage of Sound Transit Three has now made its way to the state capitol. Two bills introduced in Olympia could bring drivers and taxpayers some relief. Senate Bill 5817 would give individual cities and counties the right to opt out of... Read More

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