Sammamish City Council supports April vote for transportation

February 26, 2014

By Administrator

The city will join other localities in supporting the concept of a vote that, if approved, would ultimately lead to a county-wide tax hike for transportation purposes.

King County Executive Dow Constantine suggested the measure, and the County Council approved it, placing it on the April ballot. It would establish a county-wide transportation benefit district that would increase sales taxes by one-tenth of 1 percent and establish a $60 car tab fee. The funding generated by the district would give 60 percent to transit needs and 40 percent to road projects.

The increase would go hand-in-hand with a fare increase for transit riders.

If the tax hike is not approved, King County Metro has warned it would face a 17-percent cut to its services.

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