Seattle voters rejecting $60 car tab fee

Nov 8, 2011

Seattle voters are saying "no" to new taxes to help pay to patch potholes, improve bus service and plan for future transit needs.

Proposition 1 would've levied an extra $60 annual fee for vehicle registrations in the city. It was being defeated 60 percent to 40 percent, according to early returns Tuesday. The measure was a top priority of Mayor Mike McGinn and the City Council. It would've raised about $200 million over 10 years.

Proponents said it was necessary to continue investing in the city's transportation infrastructure. Opponents said it was a regressive tax that unfairly shifted the burden of paying for transportation to the neediest people in the city.

Another, education-related measure was easily passing in Seattle. The seven-year, $231 million Families and Education levy replaced an expiring levy.