Seattle-only Metro-money ballot measure now on the road to the ballot; public hearing next week

June 19, 2014 at 8:28 pm | In Transportation, West Seattle news, West Seattle politics | 4 Comments

Five weeks ago, you might recall, Mayor Murray proposed a Seattle-only ballot measure to hold off Metro cuts within city limits. He said it would include the same two funding sources that comprised the rejected countywide ballot measure in April, a one-tenth-of-a-percent sales-tax increase and a $60 vehicle-tab fee. The latter represents a $40 increase because the “congestion-reduction charge” is expiring this month. Today, the mayor’s proposal took a step toward the November ballot, in the form of a resolution proposed by City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen in the role of Transportation Benefit District Board chair. Read the resolution here. The deadline for it to be placed on the November ballot is August 5th; here’s the schedule of hearings and discussions:

Tuesday, June 24, 10:30am (following City Transportation Committee meeting) – BRIEFING AND DISCUSSION

Thursday, June 26, 5:30pm – PUBLIC HEARING

Thursday, July 10, 2:00pm – DISCUSSION

Thursday, July 17, 2:00pm – DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE VOTE

Thursday, July 31, 2:00pm (if necessary) – DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE VOTE

All of the above will be held at City Hall downtown, 600 Fourth Ave.

4 Comments

  1. In talking about cutting buses we should also talk about taking funding away from roads in counties that rely on king co.’s tax base to subsidize them.

    Comment by Jane — 9:28 pm June 19, 2014 #

  2. Tax payers vote no. I know let’s beat it into them until they give in and vote yes. Looking forward to moving out of this very backward place.

    Comment by Julius Spears — 10:33 pm June 19, 2014 #

  3. Mr. Julius Spears please do leave this backward place. We voted no. What part of NO do you people not understand? Raise the price of the bus rides, Make cyclist pay $60.00 for their share of the road. But NO $60.00 added to the car tabs.

    Comment by Patricia Ingram — 12:41 am June 20, 2014 #

  4. The text of the resolution again notes that the majority of *Seattle* voters said yes to the countywide proposition, and as pointed out repeatedly by the mayor and others, that is why this is being proposed as a Seattle-only measure.

    Comment by WSB — 1:45 am June 20, 2014 #

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