Thursday, March 19, 2015

Seattle Proposes $900 Million Transportation Levy

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is asking his citizens for a big favor- to approve a $900 million tax to be spent over the next nine years on transportation improvements.

"Move Seattle" would replace the expiring $365 million "Bridging the Gap" (BTG) levy, which expires in 2015 and would cost taxpayers significantly more than BTG per year.

If funded, the program would reinforce bridges for earthquakes, repave arterials and sidewalks, complete some Safe Routes to School projects and some other major improvements.

All the projects planned for money are here. Plus how much more people will have to pay. The question is- will voters be willing to pay more for better transportation?

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SRTC is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Spokane County. Urbanized areas with populations exceeding 50,000 people are required to have an MPO. SRTC was formed to address the county's transportation planning needs. It provides coordination in planning between the public, cities, small towns, the county, the state, transit providers, and tribes.

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