King County Seeks Tax Increase To Fund Bus Service; Ballots Due Tuesday

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File image of public bus (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

File image of public bus (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

SEATTLE (AP) — Ballots are due Tuesday in a special election asking King County voters to raise taxes to support bus service through the Seattle area.

Proposition 1 seeks a $60 car-tab fee and a one-tenth-of-a-cent increase in the sales tax.

The taxes would raise about $130 million a year for 10 years with 60 percent going to Metro Transit for bus service and 40 percent to fund roads.

Without the added support, Metro says it will have to make drastic cuts in bus service. Opponents say Metro should improve management to operate within its income.

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