King County Executive Dow Constantine today proposed a public vote on tax increases to sustain existing service at King County Metro Transit, and to fund county and city roads.
The April 22 ballot measure would call for a 0.1 percent sales tax increase plus a $60 yearly car tab fee. That would reap about $80 million a year for buses and $53 million a year to be shared by city and county road departments.
Metro bus fares would increase 25 cents in March 2015, following four other 25 cent increases since the 2008 recession. That boosts the top fare to $3.25 for a peak, two-zone adult trip.
Also, a new fare of $1.50 would be established for people earning less than twice the poverty level. A single person with under $23,000 income would qualify, or a family of four at less than $47,000.
Constantine decided to offer his “Plan B” because state lawmakers don’t appear to be tackling the problem anytime soon, by allowing other varieties of local taxes. The rates proposed Tuesday are less than the maximum the county can seek.
Metro has said that service cuts of up to 17 percent will result without new taxes.