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Taxes, taxes and more taxes

Did you already guess that this post is about Sound Transit?

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I’ve already told you how Sound Transit is taxing some property owners who weren’t allowed to vote on the ST3 ballot measure, and I’ve mentioned in passing the fraudulent scheme they’re using to arrive at inflated car values.

Now the last puzzle piece is set to drop into place on April 1st. Enter the sales tax.

From the Seattle P.I.:

Beginning April 1, the sales tax portion of ST3’s funding plan will take effect, adding one-half of 1 percent on top of the nine-tenths of 1 percent already in place from past Sound Transit initiatives. That means the Sound Transit portion of the sales tax will now be 1.4 percent (for those who want some easy math: That’s $1.40 per $100 spent).

The sales tax increase will look a bit different depending on where you are within the Sound Transit taxing district, which includes the most populated areas of King, Pierce and Snohomish counties, and how much sales tax is already in place. For Seattle and Tacoma residents, the total sales tax will rise to 10.1 percent.

I am very grateful that my home lays outside the RTA (Sound Transit’s gerrymandered taxing district), but I often shop within its boundaries, being only a handful of miles from the line. That is going to stop. In the future, I will – as often as possible – shop outside the boundaries of the RTA, and I encourage you to do the same.

 

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Sound Transit: Screwing area taxpayers since 1993

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This was too good not to share. Read the op-ed.

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Voter’s remorse

Back in November, Washington State residents passed Initiative 1433 to raise the state’s minimum wage to $13.50 by 2020. The first increment, a step from $9.47 to $11.00 took effect on January 1st.

daycareImagine people’s surprise when they learned, in advance of the New Year, that their child care costs would be going up to cover the increase in wages. I mean, who could have predicted that?

Seriously? Did they think that child care workers were somehow exempt or are they living in an alternate reality where child care workers were already making, oh, I don’t know, $15 an hour and the proposed increase wouldn’t apply?

Or were they all like the moronic parent who voted for the measure because she thought that the extra costs would magically be covered by the state? There was nothing in the measure that would have led anyone to believe that, so we know how informed a voter she is.  Sure, she’s sorry she voted for it now, but it would have been nice if she’d read more than the ballot title.

sound_transit_link_light_rail_trainI-1433 voters aren’t the only ones regretting their votes, either. Now that residents of the Sound Transit taxing district have gotten their property tax notices and car license renewal notices are trickling in, people are surprised at just how much they’re being asked to pay.

Let’s face it, folks…Sound Transit was asking for $54 billion dollars. People had to know their taxes were going to go up. Yes, ST is using a fraudulent scheme to calculate vehicle values but, still, $54 billion. No one should really be surprised if that stings.

It’s too bad more people don’t adopt my policy of evaluating ballot measures, in which I vote no on anything that has the potential to make things more expensive or raise taxes. So call me a skinflint or a Scrooge or cheap. I don’t really care. At least I don’t have to deal with voter’s remorse.

 

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