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Voters Still Narrowly Rejecting Pierce Transit Measure

The latest count from the Pierce County Auditor's Office shows the measure failing by 900 votes with about 80 percent of the ballots counted.

Pierce County voters are still narrowly rejecting Pierce Transit's proposed sales tax increase by a narrow margin.

The gap has remained small since Tuesday's election.

The latest count from the Pierce County Auditor's Office Thursday shows 78,963 of ballots cast against Proposition 1, or a little more than 50 percent, while 78,055 approved.

That's a 908-vote difference.

To make up for lost revenue, the Lakewood agency is proposing a sales tax increase of three-tenths of one percent (0.3%) sales tax, or 3 cents on every $10 purchase, to maintain local bus service.

The Auditor's Office has 74,900 ballots left to count.

Check back with Patch for updates.

michael bernstein November 09, 2012 at 04:00 AM
we need a good transit system. either the customers pay the difference or the short fall is paid by the sales tax. I perfer that the rider pay the difference.
nathaniel November 09, 2012 at 04:44 AM
If this fails I seriously don't want to hear anyone that didn't vote or anyone that voted no on it say a damn thing when transit cuts service
Danielle Chavez November 09, 2012 at 02:26 PM
Transit service was already cut in our area in the beginning of October, making it irrelevant to us. In the past two years they have made so many cuts they have cut themselves out of providing a feasible service. For the first time ever I voted no!
John Waters November 09, 2012 at 03:38 PM
I voted against prop. 1. I feel badly for the people affected when it fails. But, anger and blame should be placed solely on Pierce Transit management and board. Their incompetence created this mess.
sharon November 10, 2012 at 08:13 PM
I ride the bus every day. If it fails people that work on saturday and sunday will not be able to go to work. I count on the bus on weekends and that would hurt us bad.
Clin Baker November 11, 2012 at 08:47 PM
Approving prop 1 would make us the highest taxed county on the west coast. We can't have that. It would hurt the car sales business in this county also. I know some people need the bus, but they need to find another way to fix the issue. Just so you know, the average Pierce Transit worker makes $93,000 per year. That is a fact. I don't ride the bus and I shouldn't be paying for it. The buses aren't even close to being a quarter full anyway.
Clin Baker November 11, 2012 at 09:05 PM
I agree with you, but have you ever seen how full, or not full the buses are?
Clin Baker November 11, 2012 at 09:07 PM
Bingo!! You hit the nail on the head.

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