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Lawmakers introduce tax bill for studded tires

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PASCO, Wash. -- State lawmakers in Olympia are considering a bill that would add a $5.00 dollar tax on all studded tire purchases.

The time between April and November are the busiest for the shop. But some lawmakers in Olympia want you to pay extra.

Senate bill 6032 proposed by Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles of Seattle would tack on a $5.00 tax for each studded tire.

"I think it will have an impact on snow tires because of the cost of studding is going to increase quite a bit," explains Shane Anderson on Perfection tire.

So what does it mean for you? Well right now buying studded tires cost between $304.00 to $480.00.

Throw in the tax, you dishing out $324.00 to $500.00 dollars. With snow tires that don't need studs, some drivers may skip the tax and look elsewhere.

"Studs are a kind of a belt and suspenders type of thing. And now tires have so much syping and stuff on them, you're going to get almost the same or virtually the same snow traction that you get with the studs. So I'd think about it,"  explains John Paettl, a driver who got studs on his truck.

The proposed legislation is designed to address the nearly $20 million dollars in damage studs cause to roads and pavements.

However, the tax would bring in nearly half a million dollars for a state road maintenance account.

"It's not a real balance, because if you look at the amount of damage that's done to the roads, and the amount of money that tax is going to collect. It's a pretty small percentage on the amount," explains Anderson.

The measure is in the early stage of the legislative cycle. Senate bill 6032 was recommended last week to the Senate Transportation Committee.