The McGinn campaign released a statement today after the Seattle city council unanimously approved an agreement with the state to build an SR-99 tunnel.
“I disagree with the decision. I disagree with the timing,” said McGinn, “but the reality is Mayor Nickels and the Council have entered into an agreement, and the City is now committed to the tunnel plan.”
After months of running on a campaign with a focus on stopping construction on the expensive tunnel that bypasses downtown, McGinn may realize that even if he wins he won’t have the votes to overturn this agreement. McGinn’s statement makes it clear that though he will execute an agreement that the city is bound to, he will be a skeptic of the partnership with the state:
• We don’t know how much it’s actually going to cost.
• If it ends up costing more than the current budget allows, there is serious disagreement between Seattle and the State over who will pay the cost overruns.
• Where will the money come from, and who will bear the burden? Will we have to cut police, fire, library, or services for the poor?
I will not stop asking the tough questions nor will I ever stop standing up for Seattle’s interests in this process.
So maybe the debate is over, now.