Sales tax for bus service will go to Seattle November ballot

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle voters will be asked to approve a sales tax increase to pay for bus service, as the coronavirus pandemic forces cutbacks on transit budgets. The Seattle Times reports the Seattle City Council voted Monday to send a measure to the November ballot for a .15% sales tax to renew a city tax known as the Seattle Transportation Benefit District. If passed by voters, it would replace an existing .1% sales tax and $60 car-tab fee, meaning taxpayers would see car tabs costs decrease and sales taxes increase next year. The six-year measure would raise about $42 million a year for Metro bus service, transit passes for students and people with low incomes.