Monday, April 06, 2009

Another temporary tax becoming permanent

$1-per tire fee that was supposed to go away is here to stay Political Buzz | The News Tribune At least, it will be if the House goes along with a Senate proposal to remove the "sunset" date on the tire fee. The "sunset" date is when a tax is supposed to expire. This one was supposed to go away on June 30, 2010. SB 5976, passed by the Senate, gets rid of that expiration date and keeps the fee in place permanently. It passed the Senate 36-11, a supermajority. The first $1 million each year will go to clean up tire piles, the rest will be used for highway preservation projects. The House Transportation Committee is scheduled to vote on the bill today at 1:30 p.m. You may recall that some taxes that were supposed to expire, the ones used to build the Seahawk stadium and Mariners ballpark, now appear headed for an indefinite extension. ... The fee did expire once, but lawmakers brought it back in 2002.

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