A task force appointed by the Washington State governor recommends bringing back two unpopular taxes to help fund state parks and the outdoor recreation industry.
According to The Associated Press, the report from the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Parks and Outdoor Recreation recommends a sales tax on bottled water and an excise tax on motorhomes and travel trailers. They could collect $100 million in the next two-year budget.
Gov. Jay Inslee did not endorse the taxes in a statement last week, but they could become part of his budget proposal in December.
The Legislature approved a tax on bottled water in 2010 only to see it repealed the same year by voters. The state ended an excise tax on motorhomes and travel trailers after voters passed an initiative in 2000.
In addition to the taxes, the task force also proposes creating a position in the Department of Commerce to focus on the needs of the outdoor recreation industry. And a coordinating council should be set up to improve access to local, state and federal lands. Those could cost $750,000-a-year, the report estimates.
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