Protesters enter Westlake Center on Black Friday

New Metro funding plan taxes businesses

Mayor Metro PlanSEATTLE — A new plan to fund King County Metro would tag businesses with a fee for every employee they have and would force drivers who park downtown to pay more too.

Council members Nick Licata and Kshama Sawant announced their plan on Monday to address proposed cuts to Metro bus services.

Under this latest proposal, businesses would be charged a fee for every employee and that fee would be higher for bigger businesses. The council members say the city council would be able to pass this plan and it would be implemented almost immediately; not voted on by Seattle residents.

This plan would raise millions of dollars to fund the Metro which is in the process of slashing 16 percent of its services. These cuts would mean layoffs, ending dozens of routes and reducing dozens of others.

Earlier this month, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced his plan to fund Metro. His plan calls for an increase in car tab fees and a 0.1 percent sales tax hike. Voters would have to approve that plan during the election in November.

The final open forum to discuss Metro cuts is tonight at the Renton Pavilion Event Center. The meeting begins at 5:30 and public testimony begins at 6.

 

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6 comments

    • jazzy

      the majority of city voters voted yes on prop 1. It was the rural king county voters who pushed it to defeat. City voters want funded bus service.

  • David Fisher

    This Metro tax on parking and employees ( who park) is the first proposal to make any sense in funding Seattle’s transportation issue . If Seattle wants to be a first class international city with a diverse economy with tourism, and a healthy business environment then we need a first class Metro system ! Seattle needs to be a place of people not a place of automobiles like Bellevue , Houston or other freeway / parking lot orientated suburban Cities . I would love to visit Seattle on Metro like I do New York, Washington DC , Chicago , San Francisco or Copenhagen . Seattle needs to redirect its vision from employees and tourist who drive to work or circle the blocks looking for parking to the City’s new quick efficient Metro where you arrive to a authentic , natural , emerald engaging , exciting place to work and experience ! It would be so nice to come to the City thinking about a exciting experience rather than where or how much I going to pay for parking ! This new funding pushes us away from cars and the resulting problem of parking . David Fisher AIA