Snohomish County’s board question the plan’s call to use Snohomish County money to finance the segment as far south as 145th Street in King County.
Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon said his county is willing to finance a rail segment as far into King County as 185th Street, as was agreed for last year’s ballot proposal. He said his county is reluctant to support a package that extends its tax obligation farther south than that, preferring to spend that money on expanded Everett-to-Seattle bus service.
That sounds really generous of Reardon, except that 185th Street is the last stop in King County. Reardon is offering to fund any part of the line that couldn’t conceivably be used by a southbound King County resident. Awful big of him.
I can sympathize with his position to some extent, but the P-I’s framing of this really ought to include that very important fact.