Note: See also Part II of this series.
Last Wednesday’s Metro brown bag was attended by frequent STB commenter Mickymse, who graciously took some notes and collected the materials for us. Of most interest was the added detail on Executive Triplett’s plan to close the Metro budget gap, contained in Metro GM Kevin Desmond’s presentation (pdf).
There isn’t much we didn’t already know, but the chart below itemizes Triplett’s 9-point plan. Sorry for the lousy image quality.
On Tuesday I got the opportunity to interview Kurt Triplett about this plan. Over the next week or so, I’ll be going into each of these plan elements in depth. However, the headline elements are:
- a 25-cent fare increase in 2011, to go with the 25 cents already planned for 2010.
- various operating savings, including a reduction in services like cleaning of shelters.
- spreading out the $100m one-time surplus over four years
- canceling all foot ferry service aside from West Seattle and Vashon, and move the property tax authority to Metro.
- Cancel all unimplemented Transit Now services, except for RapidRide and service partnerships.
- Apply an across-the-board “balanced” 9% cut.
Triplett remarked that his plan is still evolving, especially since the audit results don’t come in until September 1st. The Executive releases his final proposal on September 27, and the Council has until the end of the November to enact a plan. This traditionally happens on November 23, which happens to be the date that the new County Executive takes office.
Amusingly, Triplett pointed out that if Dow Constantine were to win the general election, he could very well vote for the plan in the Council on the morning on the 23rd, take office as the Executive, and sign it into law that afternoon.