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November 12, 2013 at 6:27 AM

Tax bicycles instead of raising car-tab fees

Bikers provide a source of justifiable revenue

Since in King County we are bent on decreasing traffic lanes and increasing bike paths, why not consider licensing and taxing bicycles that use roads that cars pay for currently [“Voters may be asked to raise car-tab fee to block Metro cuts,” NWFriday, Nov. 8].

Recently we’ve seen evidence of bicyclists showing no regard for speed limits in school zones. As a person who has worked downtown for many years, I have seen continual disregard for traffic laws by bicyclists in general.

Bicyclists need to be licensed and in some manner be identifiable to law enforcement when traffic laws are violated. Now there’s a source of new, justifiable revenue to help offset the Metro situation.

Michael Hosterman, Seattle

Stop taxing car ownership

A $100 car-tab increase to save Metro is absolute malarkey. County and state leadership is sounding like echoes of President Obama on the truth of his health-care program. When the actual facts of any situation are interwoven with political grandstanding and expediency then what is said is justifiably suspicious.

Here’s a deal: King County Executive Dow Constantine should raise car-tab fees by $50, but also raise the cost of Metro ridership by 50 cents (with exceptions for the elderly, retired, etc.). Please cease with this perennial obsession for taxing car ownership.

Tom Ruszala, Seattle

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