Tolls to Pay Taxes, or Not

On the Senate side there is a question that could determine how quickly the Tacoma Narrows bridge debt is retired. In a bill specifying how bridge tolls could be used, state Rep. Larry Seaquist added an amendment that would take deferred sales taxes for the bridge’s construction and make the bridge exempt.

Senate Transportation Committee Chairwoman Mary Margaret Haugen asked the lieutenant governor to rule that amendment was out of the scope of the bill. She argued that exempting sales taxes has nothing to do with limiting the use of toll money.

State Sen. Derek Kilmer, D-Gig Harbor, argued that the exemption amendment is within the scope, saying that paying sales taxes would become a “non-permitted use” under the amendment.

Lt. Gov. Brad Owen will give his decision tomorrow.

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