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City of Seattle
Seattle City Council
NEWS ADVISORY
SUBJECT: Public Hearing on Metro Bus Service Funding Proposal Tomorrow
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
6/25/2014  2:30:00 PM
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Anthony Auriemma, Councilmember Rasmussen's Office, 206-684-8808

Dana Robinson Slote  (206) 615-0061


Councilmember Tom Rasmussen

Public Hearing on Metro Bus Service Funding Proposal Tomorrow

SEATTLE - Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, acting in his capacity as Chair of the Seattle Transportation Benefit District (STBD) Board, announced a public hearing to listen to resident feedback relating to legislation to preserve King County Metro Transit Service in Seattle.

The legislation under consideration formalizes Mayor Ed Murray's proposal for a ballot measure which was announced in May. In April, Seattle voters approved Proposition 1 by a margin of two-to-one, but the measure ultimately failed County-wide. Rasmussen's legislation seeks voter-approval for vehicle license fees and a sales and use tax to fund Metro Transit service in Seattle. The legislation must be passed by the Seattle Transportation Benefit District Board by August 5 in order to be placed on the November 2014 ballot.

The STBD is interested in hearing public feedback on the following:

  1. How would planned Metro Transit service cuts impact you if no action is taken to prevent these cuts?
  2. What is your perspective on an additional vehicle license fee of up to $60 and a 0.1% sales and use tax to prevent planned Metro Transit service cuts in Seattle, and if funds allow, to enhance transit service?
  3. What other information should the Board take into consideration as it develops a potential ballot measure for the November election?

Rasmussen also announced three other meetings scheduled in July; the complete STBD Board Summer Meeting schedule is available online. The STBD is also accepting feedback by phone and email at seattletbd@seattle.gov or (206) 233-5005.

WHAT: Public Hearing regarding raising revenue to preserve King County Metro Transit service

WHEN: Thursday, June 26, 5:30 p.m.

WHERE: Council Chambers, 2nd floor
Seattle City Hall, 600 Fourth Avenue, Seattle 98104

WHO: Seattle Transportation Benefit District Governing Board
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