Lynnwood City Council to discuss eliminating car tab fees at Oct. 11 business meeting

The Lynnwood City Council Monday night will discuss a proposal to eliminate the city’s $40 car tab fee by 2023.

In 2019, Washington voters approved I-976, which would cap car tab fees at $30 across the state. However, the measure was overturned last year by the Washington State Supreme Court which ruled it unconstitutional. At its Oct. 11 business meeting, the council will review an ordinance proposed by Council President George Hurst to eliminate the fee since 54% of Lynnwood voters supported getting rid of it.

In other business, the council will review proposed amendments to the city’s Comprehensive Plan, which describes a city’s long-term vision for growth, infrastructure and services. The plan articulates a series of goals and policies intended to guide the day-to-day decisions of elected officials and staff.

Also during the meeting, the council is set to review two ordinances — one updating the city codes referring to the city’s newly created Development and Business Services Department and one updating licensing requirements for licensing pets.

Councilmembers will be meeting remotely and will stream the meeting at 6 p.m. live via Zoom, which can be accessed via the council’s webpage on the city’s website. To view the full business meeting agenda, click here.

  1. I would personally appreciate very much the elimination of this fee. It would partially offset the ridiculous $75 fee imposed on owners of electric vehicles. This fee is supposedly to cover the cost of charging stations that electric car owners need, but I drive a hybrid and don’t use charging stations. It is an unjustified and unfair fee. So, thank you, Council President, for being on the side of the overburdened Washington State drivers.

  2. Not holding breath for Lynnwood City Council to vote to help it’s citizens. Just look at what they chose to use a big chunk of the Covid money for – to hire more within, and police cameras – neither should have been passed, let alone allowed to use those much needed funds for. That money should be allocated to those most in need of assistance, rather than telling those who reach out to call 211. First and foremost, they rarely put the basic needs of the citizens of Lynnwood first. If any council member wants to educate me, please do so.

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