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Proposition No. 1
Sales and Use Tax for Transportation Improvements

The City Council of Snoqualmie, Washington adopted Ordinance 1251 imposing a sales and use tax for transportation improvement projects. This proposition would authorize a sales and use tax at the rate of 0.2% on retail sales within the City, for the longer of ten years or, if revenue is dedicated to repayment of indebtedness, the time necessary to repay such indebtedness, to pay for transportation improvements defined in RCW 36.73.015, including the Sidewalk Replacement Program and other projects in the Six-Year Transportation Improvement Plan or Non-Utility CIP, as set forth in Ordinance 1251.


Should this proposition be approved?




Proposition 1 authorizes the City of Snoqualmie to impose a 0.2% sales and use tax on retail sales within the City, for the longer of ten years or, if revenue is dedicated to repayment of indebtedness, the time necessary to repay the indebtedness, as set forth in Ordinance No. 1251.  

If Proposition 1 is approved, Ord. 1251 would repeal the existing $40 vehicle license (aka “car tab”) fee and replace it with the 0.2% sales and use tax which, as provided by law, would only be used to help pay for transportation improvements as defined by RCW 36.73.015 and included in the City’s adopted Six-Year Transportation Improvement Plan and Non-Utility Capital Improvement Plan. 

The City Council will allocate sales and use tax revenue among the Plans’ projects, which currently include the Sidewalk Replacement Program, Street Resurfacing Program, and Snoqualmie Parkway Rehabilitation Program, among others.  The Council may add new projects or revise the Plans in the future.

The 0.2% tax would generate approximately $550,000 annually, compared to the $406,000 generated by the current $40 car tab fee.  The $40 fee is primarily paid by City residents. The 0.2% sales and use tax would be paid by all retail sales consumers, including non-resident tourists, ensuring that non-residents share some of the cost of City transportation improvements.  

By way of comparison, Snoqualmie residents’ estimated annual per capita cost of the 0.2% sales and use tax ($20.73) would be less than the per capita cost of the car tab fee ($29.66).

The Current Tax Method Is Unfair. We are a car-dependent community. Currently those with less disposable income pay the same as those with the most. By replacing our current $40 car tab tax with a 0.20% sales tax, most residents will pay less while visitors will help fund the majority of costs. Surrounding communities have already implemented this transportation sales tax, so Snoqualmie residents are contributing towards their roads. Asking the same in return is only fair.


We Need To Fix Our Sidewalks And Streets Sooner. We all know our sidewalks and streets need repair. This raises more money while most residents pay less. And it will still leave Snoqualmie with a lower sales tax (8.9%) than surrounding communities (Issaquah, 10.1% and North Bend 9.0%).


The City Has Already Passed The Ordinance That Repeals The Existing Car Tab Tax If This Measure Passes. Will this new sales tax cost you more? You would need to spend more than $20,000 annually within the city limits to exceed the current $40 car tab tax. That’s not including groceries, which are not subject to sales tax.  


Join Us In Voting Yes!

Submitted by: Jen Carter, James Mayhew, Rob Wotton, (425) 292-9196

We urge voting No.  The city promotes this as a “replacement” for $40 car tab fees (which they don’t mention drop to $20 on 4/1/2022), partially shifting the tax burden to non-residents.  This is a semi-permanent tax increase allowing future city councils to re-institute $40 tabs while the sales tax increase continues.


Snoqualmie voters now have a choice to keep current taxes as they are, and not risk the possibility that officials will seek to raise additional revenue from residents.  Unlike sales tax increases, which are subject to voter approval, city council can easily re-impose $40 car tabs through a simple majority vote.   We believe the certainty of our existing tax and fee structure is preferable to the risk that we will be stuck with both higher sales taxes and locally imposed car tab fees.


The city is overly optimistic in projecting the tax increase will be paid in significant part by non-residents ($550,000 sales tax revenue increase vs. $204,000 car tab revenue reduction annually). Snoqualmie lacks larger-scale retail which draws nonresidents, unlike North Bend and Issaquah.  This tax increase will be felt by city residents, from restaurant meals to internet purchases, and can be avoided with a No vote.

Submitted by: Richard Scheel, Mark Hawkins, Adam Babcock,

The City has kept taxes down, with one of the lowest sales tax rates and the vehicle tax below the maximum $50. This proposition replaces an unfair tax that disproportionately impacts those who can afford it the least.


Our sidewalks and streets need more funding as we all can see every day. Under this proposition all those who use our roads and sidewalks will share in the cost – a fair and equitable approach.

Submitted by: Jen Carter, James Mayhew, Rob Wotton, (425) 292-9196

The “Pro” statement is misleading! This sales tax increase does not replace $40 tabs – it replaces $20 tabs. The current tab rate already drops to $20 per vehicle on 4/1/2022, when this tax hike is proposed to replace it.


Let’s not replace $20 tabs with this new tax. Future city councils can easily re-impose $40 tabs while still collecting the increased sales tax, all without a vote of the people. Do you trust these politicians?

Submitted by: Richard Scheel, Mark Hawkins, Adam Babcock,

Simple majority (RCW 82.14.0455) 

For questions about this measure, contact: Nicole Wiebe, Interim City Clerk, (425) 888-1555,

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