(STAFF REPORTS/Chewelah Independent)
Eyman’s previous initiatives have been struck down by state…
The question for $30 car tabs continues as professional initiative sponsor Tim Eyman is pushing yet another $30 car tab initiative. This comes after Eyman successfully got the state to vote in the car tab discounting in 1999 but the Washington Supreme Court overturned it.
The new initiative, I-976, would limit registration fees to $30, repeal vehicle weight fees and repeal voter-approved car tab taxes for Sound Transit. The initiative would also require the use of Kelley Blue Book when it came to calculate any future value-based car tab taxes that voters might approved.
This is after Sound Transit has been accused of overvaluing cars for higher registration fees. Eyman said 286,003 voter signatures have been gathered to qualify I-976. Initiatives require 259,622 valid voter signatures and it is recommended that sponsors submit a minimum of 325,000 as a buffer against invalid signatures. Eyman said he was confident the remaining 40,000 could be gathered before the January 4 deadline.
Eyman’s campaign committee, Voters Want More Choices, spent more than $600,000 on this initiative for $30 car tabs. Eyman loaned the campaign $500,000 from what he said came from cashing out his retirement funds.
If the initiative is certified, the state legislature can pass it or ignore it. That would mean it would go onto the ballot.
This is the seventh time that Eyman has tried to get an initiative to limit car tab fees. He got I-695 to pass in 1999 that would have limited the state motor vehicle’s excise tax but that was ruled unconstitutional. In 2002, voters approved another Eyman $30 car tab (I-776) that targeted Sound Transit fees but the Washington Supreme Court ruled that the transit organization could continue to collect $2.7 billion fees through 2028.