by Bob Pishue
Washington Policy Center
April 10, 2014
Policy Brief
Washington's King County Executive, Dow Constantine, and members of the King County Council are seeking a series of new taxes to fund road services and to maintain existing Metro bus service. The new taxes will appear as Proposition 1 on the April 22nd ballot. This Citizens’ Guide describes the main provisions of Proposition 1, assesses the new tax burden that would fall on citizens, reviews recent increases in Metro revenues and outlines Metro’s plans to cut bus service if the measure does not pass. Proposition 1 is one of a series of transportation-related tax increase measures that may be proposed in future years. Given these coming proposals and the sharply regressive burden of the sales tax, voters should carefully consider how Proposition 1’s tax increases and future taxes add up and decide which measures will best serve their financial and transportation needs.

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