The Seattle area was one of my favorite places to visit until recently. In August 2013, I was invited to dinner at at friend’s house in Kirkland. My navigation software suggested I take the 520 floating bridge, which I did. There were warnings on the bridge stating that it required a toll, which I was prepared to pay. I’ve only taken bridges that had a toll booth on them, so it was reasonable for me to expect at least one booth available for tourists to pay.
However, there was no toll booth nor was there any instructions for how out-of-state people could pay the toll. I saw a camera pointed at my license and assumed that Washington state would send me a bill.
After arriving home in California I never received a bill for from the State of Washington.Then, in mid-November, I received a Notice of Civil Penalty Summary from Washington State that I owed the toll crossing plus a penalty to for not paying—a total of $91.65. This is the first correspondence I received from Washington State regarding the toll. Had I received a bill earlier, I would have gladly paid it.
How is an out-of-state-person supposed to pay for the bridge crossing? Is Washington State trying to raise revenue by waiting months to send a bill and then charging a penalty saying I'm late.
Has anyone else had this problem?