Judge rejects most of challenge to Tim Eyman’s $30 car tab measure

SEATTLE, Wash. (AP) — A King County Superior Court judge has rejected most of a legal challenge to Tim Eyman’s Initiative 976. Judge Marshall Ferguson on Wednesday said King County and a coalition of Washington cities had failed to carry the heavy burden of demonstrating that the $30 car tab measure was unconstitutional on most of their claims.

However, the judge reserved judgments on two issues: whether the initiative unlawfully impairs the contracting authority of the city of Burien, and on whether a requirement that car valuations be based on Kelley Blue Book values illegally favors a private company.

Officials say the measure would gut transportation budgets.

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