The Downtown Seattle Association endorses the No on 976 campaign.
I-976, which will be on the ballot statewide in November, limits vehicle license fees to $30. This would greatly impact the ability of local jurisdictions to fund transportation. Vehicle license fees fund critical infrastructure and transit projects in downtown and across the state.
DSA, and our members, have spent years advocating for a mix of regional transportation improvements. Previous campaigns endorsed by DSA include ST3, the Move Seattle Levy and the Seattle Transportation Benefit District – all of which rely on the ability to collect vehicle license fees.
In addition to impeding projects downtown, this ballot measure threatens statewide needs, including limiting Washington State Patrol funding, the completion of SR 520, the widening of I-405 and widening I-90 through Snoqualmie Pass.
This year, we have seven of nine Seattle City Council seats up for election. DSA has interviewed a majority* of candidates who made it through the primary in each district and developed a scorecard ranking each candidate on how they align with our priorities for downtown. Learn more about the contenders in each of the seven City Council races.
*Note: not all candidates responded to the DSA questionnaire.