Tuesday, June 28, 2016

WA Gas Tax Increases July 1

Washington State is about to get the second highest gas tax in the country when an increase of 4.9 cents kicks in on July 1. Added to the current tax, that will increase the state tax on gas to 49.4 cents per gallon, second highest behind Pennsylvania.

The hike is the final installment of a nearly 12 cent increase, part of the state legislature's Connecting Washington package approved last year.

The money will go to fund a series of specific projects over the next 15 years across the state, including I90 interchanges at Medical Lake and Geiger, completion of the North Spokane Corridor, and widening of I90 from Barker to Harvard roads.

Vehicle registration fees also go up July 1, from $15 to $35, depending on the weight of your vehicle. Registration for electric cars will also increase; from $100 to $150.

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