McGinn to veto Viaduct plan if taxpayers billed for extra costs

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by KING5.com

NWCN.com

Posted on May 5, 2010 at 10:24 PM

Updated Thursday, May 6 at 7:02 AM

SEATTLE – Mayor Mike McGinn says if Seattle taxpayers are forced to foot the bill for any extra costs on the Alaskan Way Viaduct tunnel replacement, he will block the plan.

KING 5 spoke with Mayor McGinn Wednesday evening. He said he wants the city council to tell the state "no" to the current agreement.

The deep-bored tunnel would replace the downtown section of the aging, earthquake-damaged viaduct.

McGinn says there is a piece of the state law authorizing the tunnel project that makes property owners who benefit from the tunnel responsible for cost overruns.

McGinn has opposed the tunnel project. The project, however, has the support of the governor and at least seven of the City Council's nine members.

According to the Seattle Times, Council President Richard Conlin is calling McGinn's move "grandstanding." Conlin told The Times that if McGinn has a problem with the legislative provision, he should take it up with the Legislature. Conlin says the council has enough votes to override a veto.

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