SEATTLE (AP) — King County voters are rejecting a proposed sales tax hike and an increase in the car tab fee to pay for roads and to prevent cuts in Metro transit bus service.
In early returns posted Tuesday night, the measure was failing 55 percent to 45 percent.
Proposition 1 seeks a $60 car-tab fee and a one-tenth-of-a-cent increase in the sales tax. The measure would raise about $130 million a year for 10 years, with 60 percent going to Metro Transit for bus service and 40 percent to pay for roads.
King County says that without the new money, it will be forced to cut 16 percent of its current bus service, or about 550,000 hours, to balance its budget. The agency recently scaled back those figures slightly, after initially saying it would have to cut 17 percent.