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Proposition 1 losing in early results

Proposition 1, the ballot proposal to create a Transportation Benefit District to fund King County Metro and address transportation infrastructure issues, is failing so far in early results.  - File photo
Proposition 1, the ballot proposal to create a Transportation Benefit District to fund King County Metro and address transportation infrastructure issues, is failing so far in early results.
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Proposition 1, the ballot measure that aimed at creating a "Transportation Benefit District" (TBD) to help fund King County Metro and address transportation infrastructure issues, was failing in early results, with 55.28 percent of counted ballots voting no, and 44.72 percent voting yes.

The measure was set to raise car tab fees for King County residents to approximately $60, and also impose a one cent sales tax increase for every $10 spent in the county.

Proponents of the measure warned that Metro faces 17 percent cuts in service for the county bus system, at a time when demand was again approaching all-time highs. In 2011, the King County Council voted for a congestion relief charge of $20 as a stopgap measure to keep funding levels for Metro current.

Opponents of the measure argued that outlying parts of King County would essentially subsidize Metro users in Seattle, while continuing to leave the riders in outlying parts of the county holding the short end of the stick.

To follow the results, visit http://www.kingcounty.gov/elections/election-info/2014/201404.aspx.

 

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