We totally missed this election while it was happening, but Valley Transit (serving Walla Walla County) had a ballot measure Tuesday to raise the sales tax by 0.3% (to 0.6%) in order to avoid a 50% cut to existing bus service.
The latest results show it ahead by over 50 points, better than all the hospital and school measures also on the ballot*. Legislators should take note of the willingness of voters to raise taxes to maintain transit service, even in a bad economy and in a relatively conservative area of the State.
Transportation Choices Coalition Policy Director Bill LaBorde offered this:
Walla Walla residents are obviously passionate about their local bus system. It was local volunteers like Dan and Barbara Clark and Norman Osterman who stepped up to make tens of thousands of phone calls and knock on thousands of doors, urging Walla Walla and College Place residents to support their transit system and avoid cuts.
More coverage here.
*To be fair, the districts for the various measures are not the same.