Thursday, November 10, 2005

State Supreme Court Upholds Monorail Tax

Personally, I'd rather be paying a Monorail Tax that goes towards, say, a monorail, but whatever floats your boat, 65% of Seattle!
A vehicle tax needed to retire the debt of Seattle's defunct monorail project is legal, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

The monorail's vehicle excise tax - and the governing board that administers the project - were created by a citywide vote in 2002. But critics argued that it was unconstitutional on several fronts.

In a 7-2 decision, the Supreme Court rejected those arguments. The ruling means the monorail tax can be collected to pare the agency's massive debt, which must be paid even though Seattle voters killed the monorail project in Tuesday's election.


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