Results shaky for ballot measures funding transit and schools
April 23, 2014
By Ari Cetron
New: April 23, 9:16 a.m.
On election night, voters seem ready to reject higher taxes this election, no matter what’s being taxed or what’s being funded. Mail-in balloting means the election is not quite over, however, and results could change by May 6, the day the votes are certified.
A countywide measure to fund Metro and roads with a $60 car tab fee and 0.1 percent sales tax hike is losing 55-45. If the measure ultimately fails, Metro has promised a 16 percent reduction in service. In Sammamish, those cuts include a reduction of the 269 bus route and elimination of the 927 DART bus. The 216 and 219 buses will not be affected.
If Metro follows through with all of the threatened cuts, it remains to be seen what the overall impacts will be on traffic across the county as bus routes are cut or eliminated and more people are forced into cars.
The Lake Washington School District, attempting its second bond of the year, also looks likely to lose. The $404 million would have increased property taxes by an annual average of 61 cents per thousand dollars of assessed value over the 22-year life of a the bond measure. It would have built new schools needed to accommodate a projected 4,000 students coming to the district in the next eight years.
Prior to the bond, school board members had made dire predictions of double-shifting schools or year-round school to find ways to fit all of the students.