Metro proposes car tab, sales tax hike to save bus service

SEATTLE -- King County officials have proposed an increase in the car tab fee and sales tax in an effort to save some Metro bus service cuts and also address a backlog of road maintenance.

The $60 increase in the car tab fee and 0.1 percent raise in the county sales tax would raise about $130 million a year, officials said. The sales tax increase would expire in 10 years.

In addition, they propose a 25 cent bus fare hike in 2015 that would be countered by a reduced fare for riders on limited incomes.

Sixty percent of the revenue would go toward bus service while the other 40 percent would go to fund road maintenance in the county.

Metro says without the extra funding, they have proposed canceling 74 bus routes and reducing service on another 107 routes.