Public hearings will address higher car tab fees

Public hearings are being held in regard to King County Metro (KCM) and a proposed plan by King County Executive Dow Constantine to temporarily increase car tab fees as a stop gap measure to stave off service reductions for the county transit system.

The next public hearing is being held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 12, at the King County Council Chambers. The final hearing for this topic will be held 6 p.m. July 21 at the Burien City Council chambers. It’s anticipated the King County Council (KCC) will make a vote on the proposed fee increase on July 25.

Constantine had proposed a $20 car tab fee increase last month for King County residents in order to, at the very least, delay the reduction of over 600,000 service hours in the transit system over the next two years.

Pete von Reichbauer, the county councilman who represents South King County, wrote in a letter to The Mirror that he plans to vote no on this proposal.

Von Reichbauer joins KCC members Jane Hague and Reagan Dunn as being on record for a no vote, while council members Larry Phillips, Larry Gossett and Joe McDermott have gone on record in favor of the temporary fee increase.

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