Pierce County judge set to decide car-tab case tomorrow

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A Pierce County Pierce County Superior Court judge could decide the validity of the controversial Sound Transit motor vehicle excise tax hike that was approved by King and Snohomish County voters, but rejected overwhelmingly by Pierce County voters, in 2016.

District 28 Sen. Steve O’Ban, R-University Place, who filed a brief in support of the plaintiff-taxpayers, will attend the summary judgment hearing in the class-action lawsuit brought against Sound Transit 3. The lawsuit alleges Sound Transit’s collection of car-tab taxes is unconstitutional because it overcharges taxpayers by using an outdated formula to determine a vehicle’s value.

“The legislation enacting the unfair car-tab tax hike was drafted by Sound Transit and for Sound Transit,” said O’Ban. “The legislation failed to meet constitutional requirements because it referenced a motor vehicle excise tax and valuation schedule that had been repealed by the legislature in 2000. Only the court can uphold the constitution and protect taxpayers. The court has the opportunity to hold Sound Transit responsible, strike down the car-tab tax and give taxpayers the tax relief that is long overdue.”

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