Not enough residents ready to vote for Seattle seawall tax

Not enough residents ready to vote for Seattle seawall tax

Credit: KING

The Alaskan Way Viaduct in Seattle.

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by KING5.com Staff

NWCN.com

Posted on January 27, 2010 at 3:29 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 27 at 7:09 PM

SEATTLE – A new KING 5 News poll shows that a vast majority of people think it's important to replace Seattle's crumbling seawall. But, only a little more than half of them are willing to pay a property tax increase to get it done in the next four years.

In a poll of 500 Seattle residents, conducted by SurveyUSA, 79 percent of respondents say replacing the seawall is somewhat or very important.

But, only 53 percent say they support Mayor Mike McGinn's plan to increase property taxes in order to have it done in four years, as opposed to the six or more years it's expected to take as part of a project to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct with a deep-bore tunnel.

If the measure makes the would need a 60 percent majority to pass.

McGinn wants a tax measure put on the May ballot. If it passes, it would mean the owner of a $400,000 home would pay another $48 per year in property taxes.

A slight majority of those polled say they support the idea of replacing the Viaduct with a deep-bore tunnel, but they say the city of Seattle should not be forced to pay for cost overruns.

 

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