Signature drive for brand new $30 Car Tabs Initiative started on Friday

Congratulations again to Morgan Irwin for being named Legislator of the Year. His heroic efforts this last session to protect the initiative process are sincerely appreciated. On Friday, we met up in Olympia so I could give him his award:

That was a busy day.

Because also on Friday, we launched a brand new “Bring Back Our $30 Car Tabs Initiative.”

Yup, that’s right. We’re off and running to get the required number of signatures to get Initiative 976 on the ballot.

This session, the Democrats talked a lot about providing a miniscule change in the cost of car tab taxes, but despite repeated promises, they did nothing. So the responsibility falls of us.

Under I-976, you’ll pay just $30 per year to license your cars, trucks, vans, SUVs, motorcycles, motor homes, RVs, 5th wheels, and other vehicles. And our initiative guarantees that once car tabs are set at $30 for everyone, the only kind of new tax they can impose on vehicles must be voter approved and must be based on Kelley Blue Book value. In other words, they will only be able to tax our vehicles at what they’re actually worth (and only with the voters’ permission).

Folks are extremely upset with their skyrocketing vehicle taxes and furious with Sound Transit. I-976 provides taxpayers with the relief they deserve and finally holds Sound Transit accountable for their lies.

Despite strong public support, we failed to qualify our $30 Car Tabs Initiative for a vote last year. There’s two reasons we fell short:

1) We needed more time

2) We needed a whole lot more money to hire paid petitioners to supplement our volunteers

There’s two reasons why we’re trying again this year:

1) We have more time. Last year, we started in mid-July — this time we’re starting in mid-April. That’s an extra 3 months. So for I-976, we have from now until the end of December to collect the 350,000 signatures needed — that’s 8 full months starting now.

2) We already have half the money we need, but it’s absolutely critical that we raise the other half as soon as possible. Having $500,000 at the beginning of the signature drive for I-976 allows us to hire paid petitioners right away (they were actually out collecting signatures over the weekend). But to keep them out there, we gotta raise another $500,000 as soon as possible.


We still want our volunteers to collect signatures because every signature you collect is one less signature we have to pay a professional to get.

But we didn’t make it last year with just our volunteers. We fell short. So we need professional petitioners and that requires raising a lot of money.

On Friday morning, the paid petitioning guys picked up 20,000 petitions from a local printer to get started.

Later that afternoon, I dropped by and picked up a bunch of petitions for myself:

Check out the cool sign that the paid petitioning guys created:

The people are clearly on our side:

The top priority right now is raising money. We’re already halfway toward our goal on day one, but we need everyone to help us raise the other half as soon as possible.

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