Seattle, King County will sue to block $30 car tab measure

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan says the city will file a lawsuit to block the $30 car tab initiative passed by Washington voters in Tuesday’s general election.

Durkan said Thursday that if fully implemented, Initiative 976 would force the city to cut more than 100,000 bus hours and would hamper her program to provide free bus access for students and low-income residents.

She also emphasized that voters in King County, which is home to Seattle, voted against the measure sponsored by Tim Eyman.

City Attorney Pete Holmes says the initiative has “fairly obvious legal problems” and says the city will file a joint complaint with King County and ask that the initiative be put on hold.

Eyman says Seattle and King County are defying the will of the voters.

The measure repeals car tab taxes and fees, leaving governments without planned funding for road paving and other projects.