Letting an audible sigh of contentment emerge from his closed lips, Everett man Todd Jakes said Friday he’s more than happy to pay an exorbitant car tab fee each year if it means a local Light Rail stop is just a couple dozen years away.
“It’s a great comfort knowing that the $1,500 fee for my three cars is going to a project that I might actually see use out of before I retire from the workforce,” said Jakes, standing behind several others in a snaking line that streaked back from the license office’s front counter.
The increased car tab fees, brought about by the passage of the “ST3” ballot measure in November of 2016, have created sticker-shock for many of Western Washington’s residents.
But not Jakes. He sees the benefit, even if others do not.
“What kind of person takes issue with paying hundreds of extra dollars per a year, well into the foreseeable future, for something they can’t use until at least 2041? Seriously, what’s with people these days?” asked an exasperated Jakes.
He confessed that he didn’t know what all the fuss was about. It’s only going to be 23 years, at a bare minimum, he expressed, before Everett residents will be able to be ferried back and forth in the sleek, blue, white, and green Light Rail trains belonging to Sound Transit.
“A good deal of the people working right now might not even be retired by then. It’s a total win-win for everybody,” he added.
Jakes expressed dismay that drivers who had trouble paying for car tabs were so vocal about their problems. They really shouldn’t be driving, anyway, he argues.
“It’s just one big sob story, if you ask me,” he started curtly, “I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: driving is not a right. It’s a privilege for those rich enough to absorb the inflated gas prices, parking fees, and vehicle licensing costs. If that’s not you, stop complaining and hop on some kind of mass transit.”
He added that it’s refreshing to see Washington’s politicians finally understand this.