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McGinn Proposes Tax Hikes For SDOT

Phyllis Fletcher

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn says he may try to raise taxes and fees to help the city's transportation budget next year. KUOW's Phyllis Fletcher reports.


McGinn says he's considering a 5 to 10 percent increase on parking in lots and garages, and a $20 car tab fee. That could raise $17 to $27 million a year for the Seattle Department of Transportation.

A reporter asked him: "Is that enough?"

McGinn: "No. Bluntly, no. It will be helpful. It will be very helpful, but I don't think it will be enough. You know, we're a city that's getting a little older now, and there's some aging infrastructure. There's some pretty significant needs."

Significant needs like bridges. McGinn says he still plans for the city to kick in $15 million to replace the South Park Bridge. He also made transportation cuts that go into effect immediately. Like cutting back on preventive maintenance of traffic lights, and putting off some projects like the pedestrian overpass on Thomas Street, near Lower Queen Anne.

McGinn changed the city's pothole response time from two days to three. But he says that gives road workers time to do a better job, so the repairs will last longer.

McGinn also said Seattle voters should get a say in cost overruns for the Alaskan Way tunnel. The bill for that is a bone of contention between the city and the state.

I'm Phyllis Fletcher, KUOW News.

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