Who would pay for fast ferries?

I’m getting a hard time about a story I wrote last week. It was about two bills in the Legislature that would allow Kitsap Transit to create fast ferry districts within its larger bus district. I said the people within those fast ferry districts would vote on a plan for fast ferries. If they passed it, they would pay extra taxes to operate those ferries. Only they would pay.

That’s not exactly right. Everybody who buys something or pays for parking within the district, whichever tax Kitsap Transit chose to use, would pay the tax, whether they lived in the district or not. That’s what I meant and how we’ve always described it. Of course, you wouldn’t be able to charge just the people who live in the district.

So for those suspicious conspiracy sorts who believe I’m trying to mislead people, there’s the explanation. Sorry if it wasn’t clear.

It doesn’t appear a bill will pass, though it’s never over until it’s over in Olympia.