Don’t penalize those who own cars
It amazes me that when money is needed for Metro buses or new roads, the only solution seems to be to “penalize” those individuals who own cars [“Voters may be asked to raise car-tab fee to block Metro cuts,” NWFriday, Nov. 8].
When the Skagit River bridge went down, we were told how very important I-5 and our roads were to commerce and the lives of all Washingtonians. So the question is: Why are only those who own cars required to pay? For once, let’s think outside the box.
First, since everyone benefits, let’s raise the sales tax and earmark those funds for road construction and Metro services only.
Second, transportation funding is already being used to construct bicycle lanes, so let’s license and register all bicycles that are used by those who are 18 years and older. An annual fee could be assessed. Having them licensed would also help find those who have problems with traffic laws.
Third, if an increase in the gas tax is needed, find an equitable way to have the owners of hybrids and electric cars pay their fair share.
Fourth, the issue of an excise tax should be “dead on arrival.” Many people are having trouble keeping food on the table and paying rent or mortgages. How will they get an extra $100 plus to license their car?
The latest Republican plan for an 11 cent gas tax is yet another example. If we all benefit from our roads and transportation system, then we should all pay.
— G.K. Lande, Des Moines