Task force proposing new taxes for state parks

A task force appointed by the governor is recommending two new taxes to help fund Washington state parks and the outdoor recreation industry.

The final report from the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Parks and Outdoor Recreation recommends a sales tax on bottled water and an excise tax on motor homes and travel trailers. They could collect $100 million in the next two-year budget.

The Daily Herald reports Washington Gov. Jay Inslee did not endorse the taxes in a statement last week. 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The Legislature approved a tax on bottled water in 2010 only to see it repealed the same year by voters.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 motor homes after voters passed an initiative in 2000.