THIS IS REALLY EXCITING: Since the election, we’ve had a huge surge in petitions arriving in the mail — so many that we’re turning in our $30 Tabs Initiative petitions this week to the Secretary of State — SO IT IS ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL THAT EVERYONE SEND IN THEIR PARTIALLY FILLED AND FULLY FILLED PETITIONS IMMEDIATELY — LET’S MAKE SURE THAT EVERY SIGNATURE COUNTS!!
Since the beginning, it’s been our goal to finish early.
As soon as you can, mail in all your partially filled or fully filled petitions for our $30 Tabs Initiative. Send it what you got. Now. Immediately. Don’t delay.
There’s two options:
* Mail your petitions to our PO Box in Spokane: $30 Tabs Initiative, PO Box 18250, Spokane, WA, 99228. Or:
* Send directly to the Secretary of State’s office: $30 Tabs Initiative c/o Sec of State, 801 Capitol Way S, Olympia, WA, 98501.
Since the election, we’ve had a huge surge in petitions arriving in the mail. Thanks to these heroic supporters who recently sent in sigs, we’re turning in our petitions this week:
William Bigelow from Seattle sent in 60 signatures
Victor Adams from Sedro Woolley sent in 200 signatures
Linda Rau from Manson mailed in 100 voter signatures
Sandi Elliot of Ellensburg sent in 180 signatures
Donna Embree from Edmonds mailed in 60 sigs
Charles Miller from Camas got us 60 signatures
Kelly Bouma from Lynden gave us a whopping 1560 sigs
We will be notifying the Secretary of State’s office tomorrow and will make an appointment for the turn-in of our $30 Tabs Initiative petitions. It’s really exciting.
WE WANT EVERY VOTER WHO SIGNED A PETITION TO HAVE THEIR SIGNATURE COUNT. So don’t delay, send in everything you got now.
For decades in our state, vehicle owners were forced to pay hundreds and many times thousands of dollars every year to license their vehicles because state and local governments were using a vehicle valuation schedule that artificially inflated the value of our vehicles. People were furious about skyrocketing car tab taxes.
In 1998, we began what has become a 20 year tug-of-war regarding vehicle registration costs.
The word “persistence” should keep flashing in your mind as you read this:
In 1998, we did a car tab tax initiative, but we fell short by a few thousand signatures.
In 1999, we sponsored I-695, which completely repealed that unfair valuation schedule and set annual vehicle tabs at $30 and required voter approval for any tax increase. It qualified and passed overwhelmingly. In March 2000, a Seattle judge said the initiative violated the single subject rule (it was the first time an initiative was rejected by the courts for this reason). In response, Gov. Gary Locke held a press conference that same day and said, “Regardless of the court’s ruling today, $30 license tabs are here to stay.” 90% of the House and 90% of the Senate passed a bill and Gary Locke signed $30 tabs into law.
Everyone’s vehicle registration costs went down dramatically. But the Legislature left in place that unfair vehicle valuation schedule.
In 2002, we sponsored I-776 to again get rid of that dishonest vehicle valuation schedule, repeal local car tab taxes and reinforce $30 tabs. It qualified and passed. The court upheld the initiative, rejecting opponents’ many, many legal arguments, including single subject (here’s an AP story: https://tinyurl.com/yc5qzjzpand Seattle PI story: https://tinyurl.com/y98ofybn). But a year later, the court brought back the unfair vehicle valuation schedule.
For the next 14 years, everyone’s vehicle registration costs stayed down. But in recent years, state and local governments have jacked them back up again using that same dishonest, unfair vehicle valuation schedule that voters have twice repealed.
So in 2016, we sponsored I-1421 on $30 tabs but didn’t get enough signatures. In 2017, we sponsored I-947 on $30 tabs but fell short again.
Now, this year, in mid-April, we launched our Bring Back Our $30 Car Tabs Initiative I-976. It once and for all repeals the unfair vehicle valuation schedule that artificially inflates the value of our vehicles and sets vehicle tabs, once again, at $30 per year and repeals state and local taxes and other charges imposed on vehicles. My wife Karen and I sold off our retirement fund and loaned $500,000 to give this initiative every chance to qualify. That inspired a lot of our supporters to kick in donations and collect signatures in April, May, June, July, Aug, Sept, Oct, & Nov. Now, this week, we will turn in our signatures for I-976.
Once the initiative qualifies, it will go before the 2019 Legislature. Thanks to my lawsuit earlier this year (Eyman v Wyman), the Legislature can’t monkey with I-976 (like they did with I-940) which means our $30 Tabs Initiative will automatically appear on the 2019 ballot. The only question is: will the Democrat-controlled Legislature want to put an alternative on the ballot? Will it be the itty-bitty Pellicciotti bill that reduces car tab taxes a paltry 5%? Or will the tax-obsessed Dems finally accept how furious voters are about their skyrocketing car tab taxes and propose an alternative that provides meaningful tax relief?
Regardless, we’re confident that voters want “the real thing”: $30 vehicle tabs for everyone. Why? Because governments are already gouging us with a sky-high sales tax when we buy our vehicles and killing us with a massive gas tax and tolls and parking fees when we use our vehicles. It’s gluttony and avarice for the state to get a third-bite-at-the-apple, hitting us with a huge tax forowning our vehicles.
And besides, the taxpayers have been fighting for 20 years to get $30 Tabs. I’d say they’ve earned it.
Top 5 Contributors: Suzanne Burke, Puget Sound Chapter NECA PAC, Andrew Skotdal, Tim Eyman, Thomas O’Brien