Seattle and Surroundings// Apr 9, 2014
APRIL 22 SPECIAL ELECTION
State budget cuts to transportation funding have prompted a ballot measure to consider future funding for King County Metro Transit, as the only avenue remaining to preserve bus service. If you or your office mates use the bus, Rapid Ride or other Metro service to get around town, now would be a good time to do your homework to be prepared to vote on this ballot measure April 22.
The measure proposed would generate approximately $130 million in revenue per year to support continuing service. The revenue sources will be:
- A $60 annual vehicle tab fee.
- A 0.1% increase in sales tax, expiring after 10 years.
This would raise enough money to sustain Metro’s current level of service and address some maintenance needs for city streets and King County roads. Sixty percent of the funds would go to Metro for service and buses. Forty percent would support road projects.
“The transit reductions staring down Metro will place an estimated additional 30,000 cars on our roadways and also put our state at a competitive disadvantage,” said Downtown Seattle Association President & CEO Kate Joncas.
If you are a registered voter in King County, expect ballots for this April 22 Special Election in your mailbox. Inform yourself, and vote!
For more information:
King County Website: http://www.your.kingcounty.gov/elections2/contests/measureinfo.aspx?cid=47942&eid=1260
Seattle Times Website: