Revenue Seeking: Washington State Considers Increase in Gas Tax
- Jan 22, 2013 | Gail Cole
The Washington State Transportation Commission is calling for a gas tax increase to fund maintenance and preservation. The gas tax is separate from the Washington State sales tax, which ranges from 6.5% to 9.5%, depending on the municipality.
The proposal is to phase in a 10-cent increase to the state gas tax over a six year period. A five-cent increase would take effect in fiscal year 2014. The remaining five cents would be added, one cent per year, until fiscal year 2019.
The Transportation Commission predicts the gas hike would raise "approximately $2.55 billion over the next 10 years."
Cost to drivers?
A person who drives 12,000 miles per year in a car averaging 20 miles per gallon would pay an additional $60 per year. Overall, gas taxes for that individual would total approximately $285 per year.
Washington Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom (D) told The Associated Press that "he would support an increase in the state's gas tax to fund road projects." He added that he thinks "voters are more comfortable with tax hikes closely linked to upgrading important government services… ."
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