This is the last time this legislative session that we’ll ask for help – but ask we must.
Metro is $100 million in the hole because sales tax revenue is dropping like a rock. This will mean service cuts to the tune of 20% – and I’m hearing maybe even more than that – as soon as next year.
We have some tools to help out. SB 5433 is the biggest one, and we pretty much just have today to help it pass. This would enable a county council vote to use ferry district revenue for Metro, with which we could cut some $30 million from this shortfall. The other provision in Rep. Simpson’s amendment, the ability to go to voters for a tab fee, could cut the shortfall even further.
This is an easy way to make next year much, much less painful. Buses will simply go away as a result of this shortfall. Please help us out and give your legislator a ring to ask that the transit funding portions of SB 5433 are kept intact!