ⓘ Washington Initiative 976

                                     

ⓘ Washington Initiative 976

Initiative Measure No. 976 is a ballot initiative in the U.S. state of Washington that appeared on the ballot on November 5, 2019. The initiative was brought to the state legislature by a petition sponsored by Tim Eyman. The initiative would cap taxes on certain cars at and put an end to transportation benefit districts and other local vehicle taxes. The campaign in favor of the initiative was led by Tim Eyman, Permanent Offense, and Voters Want More Choices, while the campaign against the initiative was led by the Northwest Progressive Institute. Opponents of the initiative fear that its passage would take away money from ongoing transportation projects, including voter-approved measures, such as Sound Transit 3, while supporters claim that the initiative would end assessing practices that they claim are dishonest. The practices include using out-dated fee schedules for assessing vehicles. Unsuccessful attempts were made to require the use of more recent fee schedules in the state legislature.

Election measure was approved with 53 percent of votes in favor at the time of certification. The governments of Seattle and king County, along with other groups from around the state, announced plans to end the initiative by passing legislation challenging the ballot language as "misleading voters". The judge in king County superior court has issued a temporary ban in November 2019 and the matter is pending further action.