SEATTLE (AP) — Some drivers in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties are experiencing sticker shock with the latest round of car-tab renewal bills arriving in the mail.
KOMO TV reported that the increase in fees is connected to the passage of Sound Transit 3, a transportation package approved by voters in those counties in November.
Driver Robert Klem says he expected his car tabs to go up by $100 to $200. But when he got his renewal bill in the mail, he was stunned.
He says he paid about $500 for car-tabs last year for his Tesla. He’s now being charged more than $1,500.
The drastic jump largely stems from last fall’s expansion of Sound Transit, which was approved by 54% of voters in the general election.
It raises the car-tab tax by 0.8 percent based on a vehicle’s value.