County Council seeks input on proposed fee to bolster Metro Transit
July 24, 2011
By Warren Kagarise
NEW — 8 p.m. July 24, 2011
King County residents can offer input on a proposed $20 vehicle-tab fee to boost struggling Metro Transit at a County Council public hearing Monday.
The steepest proposed reduction in Metro Transit service could eliminate Route 200 in Issaquah and Route 927, a link between downtown Issaquah and the Sammamish Plateau, as early as next year.
County Executive Dow Constantine proposed the vehicle-tab fee — billed as a congestion-reduction charge — for 2012-13 to generate funds for Metro Transit. If the fee is not enacted, Metro Transit plans to start widespread service cuts in February.
Testimony on the vehicle-tab fee is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. Monday at the King County Courthouse, 516 Third Ave., Seattle.
In order to accommodate the large number of people expected to testify on the proposal, and to reduce crowding in the Council Chambers, the public is able to sign up to testify starting at 1 p.m. at City Hall Park, just south of the King County Courthouse.
The county plans to distribute cards containing assigned numbers — and the approximate time to report to the Council Chambers to speak — to people testifying on the proposal.
The council is expected to discuss and act on the ordinance after the public hearing.
In a majority decision, council members could send the measure to voters on the November ballot. Or, a supermajority of council members could enact the fee outright.