Whether that action will be a hearing or adoption of an ordinance is currently undetermined.
The proposed tax ($100/active door) is based on state law for business licensing by the City, not by any taxing on trucks (which could potentially come under U.S. Constitutional authority of interstate commerce). Background documents for this proposed tax are available here. The background documents are:
- Agenda for Stakeholders Mtg-Loading Dock Doors, March 12, 2009
- Excerpt, Fife City Council Regular Meeting, Feb. 10, 2009, Public Hearing, pg. 3.
- Memo, Stakeholder Meeting for Loading Dock Door Tax, 2-03-09
- Fife Loading Dock Door Tax Fact Sheet
- Map, Fife Truck Routes
- Memo, Fife note to City Council for Public Hearing to be held 1-27-09
- Concept Paper, Fife, Loading Dock Door Tax
- Inventory of Loading Doors in the City
- Fife Example of Truck Route Cost
- Fife proposed Ordinance No. 1693
New Background document: Opinion Memo
For a Hobbesian choice, Fife City Manager Steve Worthington has said in stakeholders meeting, that Fife would not adopt or keep this tax if the state legislature passed a city street utility tax law, currently as HB 1947.
Fife is the first of a number of small cities considering this revenue source. Mentioned as considering the proposed tax: Renton, Tukwila, Kent, Auburn, Sumner, Puyallup; collectively know as the Valley Cities. However, if Fife is successful, you can bet cities of all sizes will go this way. Spokane is reportedly working on adopting it now.
The Chamber is considering action. Please let us know your sentiments with your comments to this blog or by contacting Gary Brackett, 253-627-2175.