City Sound Transit ‘08 Looking Less Likely
posted by April 4 at 15:46 PMon
According to Seattle City Council president and Sound Transit board member Richard Conlin, who says Snohomish and Pierce County board members are still not satisfied with any version of the proposal, making it less likely that Sound Transit will put anything on the ballot in 2008. As I reported this week, agency staff are now looking at a larger range of sales taxes than originally proposed (between 0.4 and 0.5 percent, instead of 0.3 to 0.4 percent), to extend light rail further south and create a fund for light rail to Lynnwood in the third phase of construction.
But, Conlin says, that may not be enough. “Up until last few days, I thought it was quite likely. But enough questions have been raised [by board members from Pierce and Snohomish Counties] that I’m starting to have my doubts.” Some board members have said they won’t consider a tax increase higher than 0.4 percent, a priority that conflicts with other board members’ desire to get more projects in their counties. Even if some of those reluctant board members can be brought along, Conlin says a divided vote will look bad going into a tough campaign. “If we wind up going ahead without a really strong vote on the board,—if itís, like, 12 to 6 on the board—I donít think thatís a good position to be in going into a vote.”