This month, King County voters will weigh in on Proposition 1, a 10-year measure that raises $130 million per year to supplement transportation funding for King County and cities within the county. If passed, it would implement a $60 vehicle license fee and a 0.1 percentage point increase in the sales tax. This measure will be on the April 22, 2014 ballot and requires a simple majority for approval.
The Chamber recommends a YES vote on Prop. 1 because a strong local transportation system is critical to the economic well-being, safety and community health of our region.
We haven't let go of the big picture, and the Chamber will continue to advocate for the state to make critically needed transportation investments. However, our local needs are urgent: temporary funding for Metro bus service expires this summer, and Prop. 1 provides a solution.
Approving this measure prevents major cuts to Metro bus service, which plays a vital role in reducing congestion by taking 400,000 cars off the road each day.
Keeping bus service at current levels ensures that all members of our community, including our seniors, students, people with disabilities, and working families still have a way to get where they need to go affordably. To support this further, Prop. 1 creates a new $1.25 low income bus fare and partial rebate for low income car owners so that saving Metro does not put the heaviest burden on those who need it the most.
Voting YES on Prop. 1 also preserves our existing infrastructure. Forty percent of the funding raised goes directly to each community in the county to make our streets, roads, and bridges safer. Spending $1 now to repair our roadways avoids $6-14 in replacement costs if we continue to put off these critical investments.
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