Initiative 869 limits taxes, fees, tolls & charges on vehicles

Dear Fellow Taxpayer:

Our newest initiative – “We Love Our Cars” – is an initiative to the legislature. That means we have from now until the end of December – 7 full months – to collect the 300,000 signatures needed. So we have all summer and fall – June, July, Aug, Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec – to qualify this important initiative for the ballot. There’s no doubt it’s desperately needed.

Vehicle owners are being overtaxed by all levels of government. Taxes, fees, tolls, and other charges on vehicles are overwhelming. There is a war on cars and it's time for the people to fight back. Vehicle owners already pay a huge sales tax when they buy a vehicle and a huge gas tax when they use a vehicle. It's simply not fair to be double- and triple-taxed for our vehicles.

Initiative 869 gives struggling taxpayers the chance to fight back by sending a message to politicians that we're sick and tired of being overtaxed. The goal of I-869 is to make it easier and more affordable to purchase, register, and use a vehicle in Washington state. Our initiative gets rid of several unfair taxes, fees, tolls, and other charges on vehicles:

  • State government is imposing weight fees on vehicles – I-869 repeals them.
  • Sound Transit is imposing a 0.3% car tab tax on vehicles – I-869 stops it.
  • Sound Transit is planning on raising car tab taxes another 0.9% – I-869 repeals it.
  • Cities are imposing fees on vehicles – I-869 stops those.
  • Tolls on I-405 and Hwy 167 have created a huge mess and are a complete failure – I-869 stops them.
  • Governments are gearing up to impose "vehicle miles traveled charges" – I-869 stops that.

    We’re gonna show the politicians that these taxes, fees, tolls, and other charges do not have the consent of the governed.

    The polling for I-869 is sky-high: 63% support, 31% oppose, 6% not sure.

    It is critical that we do this initiative NOW because state and local governments are planning on radically increasing taxes, fees, tolls, and other charges on vehicles.

    We have from now until the end of December to collect 100's of thousands of signatures. The only way we’re gonna make it is with every single one of us putting forth a Herculean effort. We need a ton of volunteers to collect signatures. We need to distribute a ton of petitions. We need to raise a ton of money to hire paid petitioners. Voters are eager to sign our petitions – we need your help to give them every opportunity to sign.

    To make this effort a success, we need your financial support. Please send us a donation for $50, $100, $250, $500, $1000, $2500, $5000 or more (there are no limits on how much can be given). Fill out the form below, and return it with your check or credit card info – OR, you can You can click here to donate now by PayPal/VISA/MC. Either way, please send in your most generous contribution TODAY. By working together, we can accomplish anything. Please help us make I-869 a success.

    Best Regards, Tim Eyman, Jack Fagan, & Mike Fagan, fighting for taxpayers for 17 years

    P.S. We’ve been doing initiatives for many years. Our $30 car tab initiatives and property tax limiting initiatives have provided over $32 billion in direct tax savings so far. Our initiatives requiring a 2/3-vote-of-the-legislature-to-raise-taxes indirectly saved taxpayers billions more. After voters approved our I-960 in 2007, the Legislature didn’t raise a single tax in 2008 and 2009. After voters approved our I-1053 in 2010, there wasn’t a single tax increase in 2011 and 2012. After voters approved our I-1185 in 2012, there weren’t any tax hikes in 2013 and 2014. After voters passed I-1366 last year, this year’s Legislature didn’t raise a single tax. We’ve had an amazing track record of success protecting taxpayers.

    All of us are obviously disappointed that the Court struck down I-1366. We all worked really hard to get it on the ballot and to get it approved by the voters. No one had ever tried to do an initiative to force the Legislature to do a constitutional amendment before. So there wasn’t a road map for us to follow. We did the best we could. We will learn from the experience, adapt, and persevere.

    Our political philosophy is “permanent offense.” It means we must always stay on offense. In the tug-of-war over taxes, politicians are never gonna stop pulling the rope in the direction of higher taxes. So our mission is to help taxpayers pull the rope in the direction of lower taxes. We all work really hard for our money; it oughta be tough for the government to take it away.

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