Seattle Votes Taxes For Expanded Bus Service And Pilot Preschool Plan

  • > > Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, right, congratulates supporters at a "Yes on Transit Proposition 1" election night event Tuesday, November 4, 2014, at The Comet Tavern in Seattle, Washington. Proposition 1 intends to provide dedicated transportation funding available to preserve current Metro transit service levels and provide transportation improvements, including road preservation, safety and maintenance projects. To do so, Prop 1 would raise sales taxes by 0.1 percent and require vehicle owners to pay a $60 annual fee for car tabs. (Jordan Stead, seattlepi.com)
  • > > With their eyes on the bar's large television screen, supporters rejoice at a voting trend in their favor during a
  • > > With their eyes on cell phone screens, supporters rejoice at a voting trend in their favor during a "Yes on Transit Proposition 1" election night event Tuesday, November 4, 2014, at The Comet Tavern in Seattle, Washington. Proposition 1 intends to provide dedicated transportation funding available to preserve current Metro transit service levels and provide transportation improvements, including road preservation, safety and maintenance projects. To do so, Prop 1 would raise sales taxes by 0.1 percent and require vehicle owners to pay a $60 annual fee for car tabs. (Jordan Stead, seattlepi.com)
  • > > With their eyes on cell phone screens, supporters rejoice at a voting trend in their favor during a "Yes on Transit Proposition 1" election night event Tuesday, November 4, 2014, at The Comet Tavern in Seattle, Washington. Proposition 1 intends to provide dedicated transportation funding available to preserve current Metro transit service levels and provide transportation improvements, including road preservation, safety and maintenance projects. To do so, Prop 1 would raise sales taxes by 0.1 percent and require vehicle owners to pay a $60 annual fee for car tabs. (Jordan Stead, seattlepi.com)
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  • > > Seattle City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, center, speaks to supporters at a "Yes on Transit Proposition 1" election night event Tuesday, November 4, 2014, at The Comet Tavern in Seattle, Washington. Proposition 1 intends to provide dedicated transportation funding available to preserve current Metro transit service levels and provide transportation improvements, including road preservation, safety and maintenance projects. To do so, Prop 1 would raise sales taxes by 0.1 percent and require vehicle owners to pay a $60 annual fee for car tabs. (Jordan Stead, seattlepi.com)
  • > > Seattle Mayor Ed Murray congratulates supporters at a "Yes on Transit Proposition 1" election night event Tuesday, November 4, 2014, at The Comet Tavern in Seattle, Washington. Proposition 1 intends to provide dedicated transportation funding available to preserve current Metro transit service levels and provide transportation improvements, including road preservation, safety and maintenance projects. To do so, Prop 1 would raise sales taxes by 0.1 percent and require vehicle owners to pay a $60 annual fee for car tabs. (Jordan Stead, seattlepi.com)
  • > > at a "Yes on Transit Proposition 1" election night event Tuesday, November 4, 2014, at The Comet Tavern in Seattle, Washington. Proposition 1 intends to provide dedicated transportation funding available to preserve current Metro transit service levels and provide transportation improvements, including road preservation, safety and maintenance projects. To do so, Prop 1 would raise sales taxes by 0.1 percent and require vehicle owners to pay a $60 annual fee for car tabs. (Jordan Stead, seattlepi.com)
  • > > Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, right, congratulates supporters at a "Yes on Transit Proposition 1" election night event Tuesday, November 4, 2014, at The Comet Tavern in Seattle, Washington. Proposition 1 intends to provide dedicated transportation funding available to preserve current Metro transit service levels and provide transportation improvements, including road preservation, safety and maintenance projects. To do so, Prop 1 would raise sales taxes by 0.1 percent and require vehicle owners to pay a $60 annual fee for car tabs. (Jordan Stead, seattlepi.com)
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  • > > With their eyes on the bar's large television screen, supporters rejoice at a voting trend in their favor during a
  • > > With their eyes on cell phone screens, supporters rejoice at a voting trend in their favor during a "Yes on Transit Proposition 1" election night event Tuesday, November 4, 2014, at The Comet Tavern in Seattle, Washington. Proposition 1 intends to provide dedicated transportation funding available to preserve current Metro transit service levels and provide transportation improvements, including road preservation, safety and maintenance projects. To do so, Prop 1 would raise sales taxes by 0.1 percent and require vehicle owners to pay a $60 annual fee for car tabs. (Jordan Stead, seattlepi.com)
  • > > With their eyes on cell phone screens, supporters rejoice at a voting trend in their favor during a "Yes on Transit Proposition 1" election night event Tuesday, November 4, 2014, at The Comet Tavern in Seattle, Washington. Proposition 1 intends to provide dedicated transportation funding available to preserve current Metro transit service levels and provide transportation improvements, including road preservation, safety and maintenance projects. To do so, Prop 1 would raise sales taxes by 0.1 percent and require vehicle owners to pay a $60 annual fee for car tabs. (Jordan Stead, seattlepi.com)
  • > > Seattle City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, center, speaks to supporters at a "Yes on Transit Proposition 1" election night event Tuesday, November 4, 2014, at The Comet Tavern in Seattle, Washington. Proposition 1 intends to provide dedicated transportation funding available to preserve current Metro transit service levels and provide transportation improvements, including road preservation, safety and maintenance projects. To do so, Prop 1 would raise sales taxes by 0.1 percent and require vehicle owners to pay a $60 annual fee for car tabs. (Jordan Stead, seattlepi.com)
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  • > > Seattle Mayor Ed Murray congratulates supporters at a "Yes on Transit Proposition 1" election night event Tuesday, November 4, 2014, at The Comet Tavern in Seattle, Washington. Proposition 1 intends to provide dedicated transportation funding available to preserve current Metro transit service levels and provide transportation improvements, including road preservation, safety and maintenance projects. To do so, Prop 1 would raise sales taxes by 0.1 percent and require vehicle owners to pay a $60 annual fee for car tabs. (Jordan Stead, seattlepi.com)
  • > > at a "Yes on Transit Proposition 1" election night event Tuesday, November 4, 2014, at The Comet Tavern in Seattle, Washington. Proposition 1 intends to provide dedicated transportation funding available to preserve current Metro transit service levels and provide transportation improvements, including road preservation, safety and maintenance projects. To do so, Prop 1 would raise sales taxes by 0.1 percent and require vehicle owners to pay a $60 annual fee for car tabs. (Jordan Stead, seattlepi.com)
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                              Image 1 of 18 Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, right, congratulates supporters at a "Yes on Transit Proposition 1" election night event Tuesday, November 4, 2014, at The Comet Tavern in Seattle, Washington. Proposition 1 intends to provide dedicated transportation funding available to preserve current Metro transit service levels and provide transportation improvements, including road preservation, safety and maintenance projects. To do so, Prop 1 would raise sales taxes by 0.1 percent and require vehicle owners to pay a $60 annual fee for car tabs. (Jordan Stead, seattlepi.com) less Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, right, congratulates supporters at a "Yes on Transit Proposition 1" election night event Tuesday, November 4, 2014, at The Comet Tavern in Seattle, Washington. Proposition 1 intends to ... more Photo: SEATTLEPI.COM Image 2 of 18 With their eyes on the bar's large television screen, supporters rejoice at a voting trend in their favor during a "Yes on Transit Proposition 1" election night event Tuesday, November 4, 2014, at The Comet Tavern in Seattle, Washington. Proposition 1 intends to provide dedicated transportation funding available to preserve current Metro transit service levels and provide transportation improvements, including road preservation, safety and maintenance projects. To do so, Prop 1 would raise sales taxes by 0.1 percent and require vehicle owners to pay a $60 annual fee for car tabs. (Jordan Stead, seattlepi.com) less With their eyes on the bar's large television screen, supporters rejoice at a voting trend in their favor during a "Yes on Transit Proposition 1" election night event Tuesday, November 4, 2014, at The Comet ... more Photo: SEATTLEPI.COM Image 3 of 18 With their eyes on cell phone screens, supporters rejoice at a voting trend in their favor during a "Yes on Transit Proposition 1" election night event Tuesday, November 4, 2014, at The Comet Tavern in Seattle, Washington. Proposition 1 intends to provide dedicated transportation funding available to preserve current Metro transit service levels and provide transportation improvements, including road preservation, safety and maintenance projects. To do so, Prop 1 would raise sales taxes by 0.1 percent and require vehicle owners to pay a $60 annual fee for car tabs. (Jordan Stead, seattlepi.com) less With their eyes on cell phone screens, supporters rejoice at a voting trend in their favor during a "Yes on Transit Proposition 1" election night event Tuesday, November 4, 2014, at The Comet Tavern in ... more Photo: SEATTLEPI.COM Image 4 of 18 With their eyes on cell phone screens, supporters rejoice at a voting trend in their favor during a "Yes on Transit Proposition 1" election night event Tuesday, November 4, 2014, at The Comet Tavern in Seattle, Washington. Proposition 1 intends to provide dedicated transportation funding available to preserve current Metro transit service levels and provide transportation improvements, including road preservation, safety and maintenance projects. To do so, Prop 1 would raise sales taxes by 0.1 percent and require vehicle owners to pay a $60 annual fee for car tabs. (Jordan Stead, seattlepi.com) less With their eyes on cell phone screens, supporters rejoice at a voting trend in their favor during a "Yes on Transit Proposition 1" election night event Tuesday, November 4, 2014, at The Comet Tavern in ... more Photo: SEATTLEPI.COM Image 5 of 18 Image 6 of 18 Seattle City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, center, speaks to supporters at a "Yes on Transit Proposition 1" election night event Tuesday, November 4, 2014, at The Comet Tavern in Seattle, Washington. Proposition 1 intends to provide dedicated transportation funding available to preserve current Metro transit service levels and provide transportation improvements, including road preservation, safety and maintenance projects. To do so, Prop 1 would raise sales taxes by 0.1 percent and require vehicle owners to pay a $60 annual fee for car tabs. (Jordan Stead, seattlepi.com) less Seattle City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, center, speaks to supporters at a "Yes on Transit Proposition 1" election night event Tuesday, November 4, 2014, at The Comet Tavern in Seattle, Washington. ... more Photo: SEATTLEPI.COM Image 7 of 18 Seattle Mayor Ed Murray congratulates supporters at a "Yes on Transit Proposition 1" election night event Tuesday, November 4, 2014, at The Comet Tavern in Seattle, Washington. Proposition 1 intends to provide dedicated transportation funding available to preserve current Metro transit service levels and provide transportation improvements, including road preservation, safety and maintenance projects. To do so, Prop 1 would raise sales taxes by 0.1 percent and require vehicle owners to pay a $60 annual fee for car tabs. (Jordan Stead, seattlepi.com) less Seattle Mayor Ed Murray congratulates supporters at a "Yes on Transit Proposition 1" election night event Tuesday, November 4, 2014, at The Comet Tavern in Seattle, Washington. Proposition 1 intends to provide ... more Photo: SEATTLEPI.COM Image 8 of 18 at a "Yes on Transit Proposition 1" election night event Tuesday, November 4, 2014, at The Comet Tavern in Seattle, Washington. Proposition 1 intends to provide dedicated transportation funding available to preserve current Metro transit service levels and provide transportation improvements, including road preservation, safety and maintenance projects. To do so, Prop 1 would raise sales taxes by 0.1 percent and require vehicle owners to pay a $60 annual fee for car tabs. (Jordan Stead, seattlepi.com) less at a "Yes on Transit Proposition 1" election night event Tuesday, November 4, 2014, at The Comet Tavern in Seattle, Washington. Proposition 1 intends to provide dedicated transportation funding available to ... more Photo: SEATTLEPI.COM Image 9 of 18 Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, right, congratulates supporters at a "Yes on Transit Proposition 1" election night event Tuesday, November 4, 2014, at The Comet Tavern in Seattle, Washington. Proposition 1 intends to provide dedicated transportation funding available to preserve current Metro transit service levels and provide transportation improvements, including road preservation, safety and maintenance projects. To do so, Prop 1 would raise sales taxes by 0.1 percent and require vehicle owners to pay a $60 annual fee for car tabs. (Jordan Stead, seattlepi.com) less Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, right, congratulates supporters at a "Yes on Transit Proposition 1" election night event Tuesday, November 4, 2014, at The Comet Tavern in Seattle, Washington. Proposition 1 intends to ... more Photo: SEATTLEPI.COM Image 10 of 18 Image 11 of 18 With their eyes on the bar's large television screen, supporters rejoice at a voting trend in their favor during a "Yes on Transit Proposition 1" election night event Tuesday, November 4, 2014, at The Comet Tavern in Seattle, Washington. Proposition 1 intends to provide dedicated transportation funding available to preserve current Metro transit service levels and provide transportation improvements, including road preservation, safety and maintenance projects. To do so, Prop 1 would raise sales taxes by 0.1 percent and require vehicle owners to pay a $60 annual fee for car tabs. (Jordan Stead, seattlepi.com) less With their eyes on the bar's large television screen, supporters rejoice at a voting trend in their favor during a "Yes on Transit Proposition 1" election night event Tuesday, November 4, 2014, at The Comet ... more Photo: SEATTLEPI.COM Image 12 of 18 With their eyes on cell phone screens, supporters rejoice at a voting trend in their favor during a "Yes on Transit Proposition 1" election night event Tuesday, November 4, 2014, at The Comet Tavern in Seattle, Washington. Proposition 1 intends to provide dedicated transportation funding available to preserve current Metro transit service levels and provide transportation improvements, including road preservation, safety and maintenance projects. To do so, Prop 1 would raise sales taxes by 0.1 percent and require vehicle owners to pay a $60 annual fee for car tabs. (Jordan Stead, seattlepi.com) less With their eyes on cell phone screens, supporters rejoice at a voting trend in their favor during a "Yes on Transit Proposition 1" election night event Tuesday, November 4, 2014, at The Comet Tavern in ... more Photo: SEATTLEPI.COM Image 13 of 18 With their eyes on cell phone screens, supporters rejoice at a voting trend in their favor during a "Yes on Transit Proposition 1" election night event Tuesday, November 4, 2014, at The Comet Tavern in Seattle, Washington. Proposition 1 intends to provide dedicated transportation funding available to preserve current Metro transit service levels and provide transportation improvements, including road preservation, safety and maintenance projects. To do so, Prop 1 would raise sales taxes by 0.1 percent and require vehicle owners to pay a $60 annual fee for car tabs. (Jordan Stead, seattlepi.com) less With their eyes on cell phone screens, supporters rejoice at a voting trend in their favor during a "Yes on Transit Proposition 1" election night event Tuesday, November 4, 2014, at The Comet Tavern in ... more Photo: SEATTLEPI.COM Image 14 of 18 Seattle City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, center, speaks to supporters at a "Yes on Transit Proposition 1" election night event Tuesday, November 4, 2014, at The Comet Tavern in Seattle, Washington. Proposition 1 intends to provide dedicated transportation funding available to preserve current Metro transit service levels and provide transportation improvements, including road preservation, safety and maintenance projects. To do so, Prop 1 would raise sales taxes by 0.1 percent and require vehicle owners to pay a $60 annual fee for car tabs. (Jordan Stead, seattlepi.com) less Seattle City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, center, speaks to supporters at a "Yes on Transit Proposition 1" election night event Tuesday, November 4, 2014, at The Comet Tavern in Seattle, Washington. ... more Photo: SEATTLEPI.COM Image 15 of 18 Image 16 of 18 Seattle Mayor Ed Murray congratulates supporters at a "Yes on Transit Proposition 1" election night event Tuesday, November 4, 2014, at The Comet Tavern in Seattle, Washington. Proposition 1 intends to provide dedicated transportation funding available to preserve current Metro transit service levels and provide transportation improvements, including road preservation, safety and maintenance projects. To do so, Prop 1 would raise sales taxes by 0.1 percent and require vehicle owners to pay a $60 annual fee for car tabs. (Jordan Stead, seattlepi.com) less Seattle Mayor Ed Murray congratulates supporters at a "Yes on Transit Proposition 1" election night event Tuesday, November 4, 2014, at The Comet Tavern in Seattle, Washington. Proposition 1 intends to provide ... more Photo: SEATTLEPI.COM Image 17 of 18 at a "Yes on Transit Proposition 1" election night event Tuesday, November 4, 2014, at The Comet Tavern in Seattle, Washington. Proposition 1 intends to provide dedicated transportation funding available to preserve current Metro transit service levels and provide transportation improvements, including road preservation, safety and maintenance projects. To do so, Prop 1 would raise sales taxes by 0.1 percent and require vehicle owners to pay a $60 annual fee for car tabs. (Jordan Stead, seattlepi.com) less at a "Yes on Transit Proposition 1" election night event Tuesday, November 4, 2014, at The Comet Tavern in Seattle, Washington. Proposition 1 intends to provide dedicated transportation funding available to ... more Photo: SEATTLEPI.COM Image 18 of 18
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                              Seattle voters gave a show of both confidence and hope to Metro bus service on Tuesday, voting a $60 car tab fee and slight sales tax hike to preserve and extend Metro bus service.

                              The Emerald City was endorsing, with 58.87 percent of the vote, a scaled down city version of a proposal rejected last April by King County voters.

                              The original county and city proposals were designed to stave off deep cuts in Metro bus service: The Washington State Legislature has failed to enact a statewide transportation plan that would give localities latitude in funding transit service.

                              As King County recovers from the Great Recession — the county is growing and booming — Metro’s finances have improved. The King County Council has postponed further rounds of bus service cuts.

                              On this basis, several groups — notably the Municipal League — urged a No vote on the Metro funding plan. But Seattle voters had an incentive to say Yes — an overcrowded, overtaxed bus system that needs new routes and service.

                              “With today’s vote, we are now able to do something that has eluded elected leaders of this city for decades, and that’s add significantly to existing transit service in Seattle,” said Seattle Mayor Ed Murray.

                              The Mayor promised that the city will “use this money responsibly” and insist on “strict accountability measures” to assure that Metro expands bus service in areas of greater need.

                              Seattle voters decisively rejected one other measure: By a resounding 82 percent, they said No to creation of a new transportation district that would impose a car tax and “study” revival of a monorail linking Ballard with West Seattle.

                              The monorail plan’s sponsors proposed to control the tax revenue — estimated at $2 million — for more than a year.  Such was their acumen, however, that they were unable to meet a deadline for submitting a statement for the King County Voters Pamphlet.

                              And, on Tuesday night, Seattle voters took the first step toward creating a universal, voluntary preschool program for the fast-growing city.

                              They opted for a plan, put together by Murray and the City Council, that would establish a limited pilot program, get it working, and then gradually expand it with particular attention to children of low-income and immigrant families.

                              “High quality preschool changes lives, and I believe it will change our city:  Over the next four years, the Seattle PreSchool Program will provide several thousand children with a strong and fair start,” said Seattle City Council President Tim Burgess.

                              City Hall has now twice gone around the not-very-popular bureaucracy of the Seattle School District, establishing education programs whose purse strings are controlled by the city.

                              They city voted in 2011 for a $231 million Families and Education Levy.  The money provides grants to schools — the schools must submit proposals — pays for after-school and remedial programs, and provides health services in schools.

                              The preschool program is designed to meet a wide achievement gap in the Seattle school system.

                              Students in north end schools have higher text scores, higher math and reading skills, than south end schools with heavy populations of African-American, Hispanic and immigrant children.

                              A wide coalition of civic, education and business leaders backed the preschool plan as a way to build an even playing field, and start students down a path of eventual entry into the city’s thriving, technology driven economy.

                              “Tonight marks the end of Seattle’s achievement and opportunity gap,” said Murray.  “Tonight marks a significant step toward making Seattle a city where students of all races and incomes are able to succeed in our public schools.”

                              It was a bad night for Democrats across the country. Locally, however, Mayor Murray and the City Council found voters in a generous mood.

                              Source : http://blog.seattlepi.com/seattlepolitics/2014/11/04/seattle-votes-taxes-for-expanded-bus-service-and-pilot-preschool-plan/

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